Finally, after what has felt like an age, we have officially declared Sokratis as an Arsenal player.

The Greek defender has joined us from Borussia Dortmund for a fee thought to be around 17-18m, and the 30 year old has spoken of his delight of signing for the Gunners, to the Arsenal media;

“I feel very good. It’s my first day here, everything is special. It’s a beautiful moment and I’m very happy to be here for the next years.”

Sokratis Papastathopoulos has extensive experience that will benefit many of our younger defenders, particularly Calum Chambers - who is thought to comprise the other part of our first choice central defensive pairing - and Greek compatriot Konstandinos Mavropanos.

Sokratis joins Arsenal after five years at BVB. Before he joined Dortmund he was at another team in the Bundesliga, Werder Bremen. The Greek defender also has experience in Serie A with Genoa and AC Milan.

There can be no doubt that this signing is a herald of what Unai Emery is trying to achieve at Arsenal, with this being his third signing and two of the three being over 30 years old. It means emery has highlighted the lack of experience and grit at the club, but also Emery is focusing on hitting the ground running at Arsenal, rather than in the future.

Sokratis joins Bernd Leno and Stephane Lichtsteiner as Arsenal new boys this summer, and will also join up with former Dortmund teammates Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. A sure fire sign that Sven Mislintat is involved heavily in the recent recruitment process.

Sokratis also revealed he had spoken to his former comrades about joining, saying “I spoke to them a lot. They said to me the best thing about the club is that it’s one big family and of course they called me a lot of times telling me to come here.”

Agents Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang, what a great job they have done!