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.
Sokratis Papasthatopoulos’ move to Arsenal has been announced by Borussia Dortmund Sporting Director Michael Zorc, according to Sky Sports. In fact, the German club have already secured a potential long-term replacement by signing 22-year-old French centre-back Abdou Diallo from Mainz.
Earlier reports claimed the two clubs had come near an agreement for a fee of around £16million.
The long-awaited, likely arrival of the Greece international will be another part of the defensive overhaul the newly appointed manager Unai Emery is currently undergoing at the Emirates, and amid all the glamour of the World Cup in full swing at the moment this is a refreshing piece of news for Arsenal fans.
Arsenal have reached an agreement to sign Borussia Dortmund’s Sokratis Papastathopoulos, according to the Telegraph. However, the report also reveals that the deal will not be officially confirmed before July.
The Greek centre-back is the second signing the Gunners are set to make since the appointment of Unai Emery as the manager, and given the way the squad is (un)balanced at the moment, it’s not really surprising that both of them represent defensive reinforcements.
Sokratis started his career in his homeland with AEK Athens, after three years he moved to Italy where he played for Genoa and AC Milan. He moved to Werder Bremen in 2011, and two years later he signed for Borussia Dortmund.
Arsenal are closing in on signing Borussia Dortmund’s Sokratis Papastathopoulos, according to BBC, the Telegraph, Sky Sports and various other sources. The reported sum which the club would pay for the centre-back is £16million.
At 29, Sokratis has a year remaining on his contract at Dortmund. Along with Juventus full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner who is set to join Arsenal for free, the Greece international would represent another low-cost experienced addition to the squad’s defence department. Given the reported size of the funds available for transfers this summer, this is certainly the type of targets the club will be going for.
Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was always going to be an important player for Arsene Wenger’s side, but few could’ve imagined he’d make such an emphatic start to life in North London. Courtesy of his goal today, the former Borussia Dortmund stand-out set a brand new record, as reported by Sky Sports.
The win today wasn’t exactly a conventional one, and while the Gunners looked shaky at times, the victory alone should be enough to encourage fans heading into their second leg game against CSKA Moscow next week. The main star of the show in a lot of ways was Danny Welbeck courtesy of his brace which won Arsenal the game, but Aubameyang’s strike can be seen as equally important – mainly because of what it represents.
The rumours linking Thomas Tuchel to Arsenal have been going on for a while now, but it seems as if they’re starting to gain even more traction. The German is widely expected to succeed Arsene Wenger once his two-decade-long tenure finally comes to an end, and it’s interesting from an outsider’s perspective to analyse whether this really is the best course of action.
There’s no doubting that it’s a name football purists will be excited about, given that he’s been making some noise over in Germany for the better part of 10 years. If you aren’t aware of what’s been going on in the Bundesliga, however, then there’s a very good chance that Thomas Tuchel is nothing more than a name to you.
Borussia Dortmund reportedly want £60 million for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with Arsenal supposedly interested in signing the player as they look to add firepower to their side in their search for a Champions League place for next season.
Alexis Sanchez finally completed his move away from Arsenal this week. The Chilean had been linked with a move to Manchester City to rejoin Pep Guardiola, but this move didn’t ever materialise. Instead, the forward has joined Jose Mourinho and his Manchester United side instead.
Beneath all the moaning about that long trip east for the Europa League clash against BATE Borisov this Thursday, we bring you a story or two to lift your spirits and put an exciting twist to otherwise uneventful Wednesday for our beloved club.
Gunners head out to Belarus looking to grab their second victory in Group H at the Borisov Arena leaving us with nothing but rumours to work with.
We’ll take it, of course, and here’s what you can expect to come across while reading through today’s papers.
According to L’Equipe, Barcelona are set to sign Borussia Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele for £90m. The Catalans are desperately trying to replace Neymar who recently joined Paris Saint-Germain for £198m and have a number of options they’re making approaches for.
Dembele is one them. The 20-year-old scored and created 18 goals in 22 Bundesliga starts last season and is highly-rated in Europe. He represented France in the 2016 European Championships and looks to have a bright future ahead of him.
Borussia Dortmund look to have pulled out of the race to sign Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud this summer, after announcing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wouldn’t be leaving the club, reports the Express.
Dortmund had only considered a target in attack should the Gabon international have left for a proposed £70m deal but it never happened, meaning Arsenal have one less club to worry about the race for the French ace.
Giroud enjoyed a prolific season for Arsenal in 2016/17, scoring and creating 15 Premier League goals in 11 starts. He would go on to score 28 goals in all competitions for club and country last season but admitted uncertainty over his future as a result of his role at the club.