Sokratis happy to rejoin with old friends Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan at Arsenal

Premier League giants Arsenal have confirmed the arrival of their third signing, who was also a target for Manchester United. With new manager Unai Emery replacing long-serving Arsene Wenger, the Gunners have already laid plans for the new era with the signings of Bernd Leno and Stephan Lichtsteiner.

Defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos has become Arsenal's third summer signing, with The Guardian reporting that the fee involved is just shy of £18million, and he has penned a "long-term contract" with the club.

Sokratis will join compatriot Konstantinos Mavropanos with the Gunners, but it is old team-mates Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan who he is most looking forward to linking up with.

The Premier League club shook up their recruitment team over the course of last season as head of football relations Raul Sanllehi and Mislintat were brought in. "Like I said before, I'm very happy that for the next years I will be here to help the team".


Papastathopoulos previously played for Genoa, AC Milan and Werder Bremen having broken through at AEK Athens.

"I feel very good", said Papastathopoulos of his transfer.

The Gunners are also expected to finalise a deal for Sampdoria's defensive midfielder Lucas Torreira as well after his World Cup campaign with Uruguay. "Not everyday but they called me a lot of times for me to come here".

Speaking to the club's official website, he said, "It's a attractive moment and I'm very happy that I will be here for the next years".


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