The Mirror quotes the father of Greece international Sokratis Papastathopoulos as confirming that a move to the Emirates Stadium from Borussia Stadium is set to go ahead, with the 29-year-old defender snubbing an advance from Jose Mourinho’s side.
Sokratis will join a strong ex-Dortmund contingent at the Emirates Stadium, following the signatures of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January, and a deal could be concluded in the next few days.
Speaking to Greek radio station Radio 24/7, Sokratis’ dad Charalambos Papastathopoulos said:
“There was interest from United but he had to wait until July for them. United have a very good relationship with Dortmund, the teams talked but Sokratis chose to go to Arsenal.”
“Arsenal had talked two years ago but I don’t know why he didn’t sign. He is going to a higher level, the world’s most competitive league and I believe he will do very well.”
“Sokratis is in his last year at Dortmund. This was a major reason [for completing the move]. He is happy, he is in England at the moment, and tomorrow [Tuesday] he will be doing what he has to do, the typical things, everything will go well, he is happy, he is changing.”
“I think he is going to a higher level. the world’s most competitive and I believe there will go well.”