November 28, 2020

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan convinced me to join Arsenal, says Sokratis

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Arsenal signed defender Sokratis from Borussia Dortmund (Picture: Getty)

Sokratis Papastathopoulos has revealed how Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan convinced him to join Arsenal in the summer.

The Greek defender signed a long-term contract with the Gunners in July and has featured in all six of Arsenals Premier League fixtures so far this season.

Sokratis spoke to Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan before agreeing to make the switch to the Emirates and says they convinced him that Arsenal was the right club for him.

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I expected to start every game because I came here to be an important player for the team, and Im very happy about this, Sokratis told Sky Sports.

I spoke with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang [about joining Arsenal] and they convinced me that this is a club I have to choose.

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They gave me the feeling that I would be an important player here and that this club works to get better and better in the future.

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Sokratis spoke to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before joining Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

In the end it wasnt a hard decision to take.

Sokratis also says Arsenal will need time to adapt to the big change of Unai Emery replacing Arsene Wenger at the Emirates.

It will take time because yes, its a big difference, he said.

It was a big change for this team, especially with what this team did over the years. It will be difficult for the new manager and the new players to repeat.

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But we have to work hard, we have to progress every day and work, work, work.

Sokratis, 30, added: Its one of the biggest clubs in the world.

The last years werent as successful as the past but we are here to work hard for this to give the club the success that it needs.

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