The father of Sokratis Papastathopoulos has reportedly told a Greek radio station that a deal to bring his son to North London is close to being completed.
The 29 year old central defender has been linked with the club for some weeks now, and it appears as if agreement on all sides is done and the player will become Unai Emery’s first official recruit since becoming head coach last month.
Speaking to local media, Charalambos Papastathopoulos, said, “He is happy, he is in England at the moment, and tomorrow everything will be done.
“The English league is the highest in the world, the most competitive, and I believe he will do well.”
Papastathopoulos will sign a three year deal with an option for another year, as he hooks up again with former Borussia Dortmund teammates Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
His experience could well be useful for a defence that needs an injection of that quality, but Arsenal fans will be hoping that stories linking us with a free transfer move for Marouane Fellaini are wide of the mark as the midfield needs a lot more than the Belgian can provide.