Report: Arsenal set for €20m Sokratis Papastathopoulos deal

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Reviews from Germany say that Arsenal are set to signal Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund.

Bild report that the Gunners are set to splash out €20m on the Greek defender as Sven Mislintat returns to his former membership to bolster the squad of his new one.

Arsenal are in actual need of an skilled central defender following the retirement of Per Mertesacker and the serious injury sustained by Laurent Koscielny.

Doubts persist over the shape and suitability of Shkodran Mustafi who might be a departure this summer time as a defensive shake-up takes place.

Konstantinos Mavropanos arrived in January, whereas each Rob Holding and Calum Chambers signed new offers just lately. There are additionally robust hyperlinks to 21 year old Freiburg centre-half Caglar Soyuncu.

Our techniques columnist, and eager Dortmund watcher, Lewis Ambrose, provides us this view of the potential signing.

Sokratis is an fascinating target for Arsenal and matches in with the best way the workforce have tried to defend in recent times: on the entrance foot. One of the best phrase to sum up his strategy is can be ‘aggressive’, which might be his largest power and his largest weak spot.

“The centre-back may be an uncompromising opponent on his day, bullying his direct opponent, however he focuses too much on profitable the ball back and may depart gaping holes at the back if he’s crushed. His restoration velocity is sweet but he can steps out of the back-line too freely and could also be punished in England for his penchant for pulling shirts at set-pieces.

“His Dortmund profession started solidly and he slowly improved up till midway by way of 2016 however his type has suffered since.

“It’s troublesome to decipher whether that's right down to him going by means of a decline in his late 20s or the staff slowly getting worse during the last 18 months.

“Though he’s usually performed throughout his 5 years at Dortmund and the membership needed to maintain him, there aren’t too many followers overly dissatisfied to see he’ll be leaving, especially with a possible €20m charge extensively talked about.”

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