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EPL: Arsenal sign Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund; Chambers pens extension

The 30-year-old center back is the third new arrival since Unai Emery replaced Arsene Wenger as manager in May, joining full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner and goalkeeper Bernd Leno.

Edited by: India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: July 03, 2018 17:55 IST ]
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A file image of Greece's Sokratis Papastathopoulos

English Premier League giants Arsenal have signed Greek defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund on Monday. The Gunners did not disclose the fee but media reports put it at 17.6 million pounds ($23.2 million).

The 30-year-old center back is the third new arrival since Unai Emery replaced Arsene Wenger as manager in May, joining full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner and goalkeeper Bernd Leno.

"Sokratis, who will wear the number five shirt, has vast experience on the international stage, making 79 appearances for Greece," Arsenal said.

The defender has also played for Genoa, AC Milan, Werder Bremen and AEK Athens.

The Greek has his former Dortmund players in the Gunners' room as forward Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan were a vital part of the Gunners as they both signed in the winter transfer window in January this year.

Chambers Pens Extension

Defender Calum Chambers on Tuesday signed a new four-year contract with his football club Arsenal.

"I'm delighted Calum has extended his stay. He played an important role last season and will be part of my plans this season," Arsenal's new head coach Unai Emery was quoted as saying by BBC.

The 23-year-old has made 48 appearances for the Gunners since joining from Southampton in 2014.

The centre-back has also won three caps for England.

"I want to give my very best to this great club," said Chambers.

"Thanks to the new manger for showing faith in me and I'm looking forward to the big season ahead.

"I promise to repay the fans for the support they've given me."

(With Agency Inputs)

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