Sokratis relishes Arsenal challenge
New Arsenal signing Sokratis Papastathopoulos is determined to help the Gunners tighten up in defence next season and challenge for honours again.
The 30-year-old centre-back has moved to England from Borussia Dortmund, linking up with former BVB team-mates Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
I'm very happy that for the next few years I will be here to help the team.Sokratis Papastathopoulos
And the 79-times capped Greece international is looking forward to a major new challenge in his career.
He told his new club's official website: "I feel very good, everything is special. It is a beautiful moment and I am very happy that I will be here for the next few years.
"Arsenal is one of the three biggest teams in the Premier League and one very big club. Like I said before, I'm very happy that for the next few years I will be here to help the team.
"I'm a normal defender, I like to defend. I like that my team doesn't concede goals. I like a zero in defence and I will do everything to help to achieve this goal."
Papastathopoulos won the DFB-Pokal during his four-year spell with Dortmund, while back in 2010/11 he was a member of the AC Milan squad who were crowned champions of Italy.
He becomes the third major signing made by head coach Unai Emery since he succeeded the long-serving Arsene Wenger in the Gunners hotseat, with goalkeeper Bernd Leno having joined from Bayer Leverkusen and defender Stephan Lichtsteiner having arrived from Juventus.
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