After weeks upon weeks of speculation, Arsenal are finally set to announce the signing of Sokratis Papastathopoulos according to multiple reports. The 30-year-old Greek defender has enjoyed a five-year tenure with Borussia Dortmund, but now, it seems as if he’s finally ready to test himself within the realms of English football. As a centre-back who will be competing for the Gunners, you could easily argue that he couldn’t have picked a more high-pressure place to start.
But Sokratis has dealt with pressure over the course of his career, as anyone in his position has done. He worked his way up through the ranks in Greece before eventually finding his way to the big time in the European leagues, and since transferring over, he’s been impressing pundits and fans alike on a week by week basis.
Just last month his dad let slip that he’d rejected Manchester United in favour of the Arsenal switch, perhaps indicating where the tides are turning in the Premier League. While the likes of Fellaini have decided to stay put at Old Trafford, perhaps more ambitious players will be interested in testing themselves under the tutelage of Unai Emery. After all, there’s a reason why he’s been held in such a high regard during his time with Sevilla.
Sokratis is one of many big names that have been linked to Arsenal Football Club during the summer, and that’s something that should actively excite any fan reading this. We’ve all heard the taunts from Tottenham fans who are suggesting that these players aren’t capable of challenging for the title but look what Leicester City were able to do with even less a few years back.
This league is all about finding your rhythm, and we’ve all seen how difficult it is to maintain consistency. Very few people are expecting Arsenal to legitimately battle it out with Liverpool and Manchester City for the title, so anything above 4th would probably be considered a bonus. They’re a team in the rebuilding phase and whatever happens, Emery should be given time, and his investments should be given time, too.
Sokratis can be a leader at the back for the Gunners and could be for a few years to come, but there’s always a chance that he’ll struggle in the early stages of the season. It’s natural, and we need to prepare ourselves for that.
Are you happy with the Sokratis signing?