Robert Pires urges Arsenal to sign 29-year-old to lead their defence

The Gunners legend believes Sokratis Papastathopoulos would be a great addition to the Arsenal team

Transfer Agent
By Transfer Agent
Arsenal legend Robert Pires Photo: Tag Heuer

Robert Pires has urged Arsenal to sign Borussia Dortmund centre-half Sokratis Papastathopoulos in the summer transfer window to revamp the Gunners defence.

Arsenal suffered a 1-0 loss to Atletico Madrid in the second leg of their Europa League semi-final on Thursday night to end their hopes of winning the competition following a 3-2 aggregate defeat.

The Gunners are in sixth place in the Premier League table and won’t finish in the top four for the second successive season to leave Arsenal supporters digesting the prospect of another camapign without Champions League football.

Arsenal have lost 10 of their 17 games on the road in the Premier League this season to undermine their excellent home form, while the Gunners have conceded 48 times in 35 games in the Premier League.

The Independent reported on Thursday that the north London side will target Papastathopoulos to improve their Arsenal defence ahead of the 2017-18 Premier League campaign.

Former Arsenal star Pires believes the Greece defender would be a good addition to the Gunners team.

“I think improving the defence must be a priority for the new manager and I think Sokratis Papastathopoulos would be a very good signing,” Pires told bwin.

“He’s been a consistent performer for Borussia Dortmund and I would like to see him lead the defensive line for Arsenal.”

Arsenal lost 3-0 to Premier League champions Manchester City in the League Cup final at Wembley back in February.

The Gunners haven’t won the Premier League title since 2003-04.

Wenger is set to stand down as Arsenal manager at the end of the season.

MORE: Latest Arsenal news and views

MORE: Football transfer rumours and gossip

Follow @thesportreview on Instagram

MORE:

MORE: The latest football transfer news

MORE: Meet the Premier League's most stylish footballers

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

Roger Federer at the London 2012 Olympics
Roger Federer says yes to 2020 Olympics: ‘My heart decided I would love to play’
Chelsea FC forward Willian (Photo: Willian / Instagram)
Willian sends open message to Chelsea FC fans
Unai Emery
Arsenal leading the race to sign 22-year-old Spaniard – report
Frank Lampard
Olivier Giroud sends open message to Chelsea FC boss Frank Lampard
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Solskjaer proposes six transfer targets to Man United chiefs – report
Harry Redknapp
Harry Redknapp tips Tottenham to finish above Chelsea FC
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Sadio Mane
Jamie Carragher admits he ‘absolutely loves’ Liverpool FC star
Harry Redknapp
Harry Redknapp tips Tottenham to finish above Chelsea FC
Chelsea FC forward Willian (Photo: Willian / Instagram)
Willian sends open message to Chelsea FC fans