Arsenal shore up defence with Sokratis Papastathopoulos signing

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He was then asked if it would be odd to be playing with the pair at a different club, with all three joining Dortmund at the same time in 2013.

Subsequently, Arsenal have been forced to wait before announcing the arrival of Sokratis, despite the Greek defender having already passed his medical at the club on Friday with no problems.

"Yes it's a little bit (strange) but it's also very lovely that I've come to one team but I also have two players who I was together with for a lot of years".

The Gunners officially unveiled their third signing of the summer on Monday with the Greece global signing a long-term contract at the Emirates.

"I spoke [with them] a lot of times", Papastathopoulos told the Arsenal website.

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

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The hugely-experienced defender lists Werder Bremen, AC Milan, Genoa and AEK Athens among his previous clubs.

"Lucas at Arsenal? I want the best for my son and I know that Arsenal showed great interest in my son", Ricardo said.

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.

"I'm a normal defender, I like to defend. I like a zero in the defence and I will do everything to help to achieve this goal".

Arsenal have been pretty busy so far this summer.

Further arrivals are expected in the coming weeks, with Sampdoria's Uruguayan global midfielder Lucas Torreira believed to be a major target for Emery.

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