Sokratis relishes Arsenal challenge

03 July 2018 08:04:40 UK

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.

Having finished sixth in the Premier League last season, they are 2/1 to finish in the top four next term and are 25/1 to be crowned champions.

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