Date: 29th May 2018 at 8:29pm
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Unai Emery is poised to seal his first major signing as Arsenal manager, as edge close to an addition to strengthen their defensive ranks.

The BBC states Arsenal are closing in on the services of defender Papastathopoulos for a cut-price fee of £16m, another signing orchestrated by the Gunners head of recruitment Sven Mislintat.

Greece Sokratis will join a strong former contingent at the Emirates Stadium, following former team-mate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the Premier League and also joining up with Henrikh Mkhitaryan, signed from in January.

Arsenal are in need of defensive reinforcements after a shaky display throughout last season, while they also lost to retirement and have Laurent Koscielny facing an extended stint on the sidelines with an achilles injury.

29-year-old Sokratis will add experience to the Gunners defence, potentially partnering Shkodran Mustafi in the heart of the back-line – although speculation remains on his future.