New Arsenal signing declares: I am a leader

Sokratis Papastathopoulos insists that he will bring leadership qualities to the Arsenal team after signing for the Gunners

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Sokratis Papastathopoulos has insisted that he will bring leadership qualities to the Arsenal team after having been confirmed as the north London club’s third signing of the summer.

The defender became Arsenal’s third signing of the Unai Emery era when he penned a long-term contract with the Gunners on Monday after months of speculation linking him with a move from Borussia Dortmund.

The 30-year-old will be hoping to help strengthen Arsenal’s defence in the coming seasons as the north London side look to try and at least break back into the top four next season.

A lack of leadership has been one familiar criticism often levelled at the Arsenal team in recent years.

And the new Arsenal signing is hoping that he will be able to lead by example with his performances for the Gunners as he gets used to life in England.

Speaking in an interview with Arsenal’s website, Papastathopoulos said: “Of course now I also have the experience.

“Whatever happens in the team, in the national team but also in my last club, I was there to help a lot of players, and also when they asked me [about things] on and off the pitch.

“When they asked me some things, I was there every time. I think this is leadership, but the leader has to be first on the pitch and last off it too.”

Arsenal are still believed to be on the lookout for a number of new signings this summer as they look to build a team capable of breaking back into the top four next term.

The north London side have not won the Premier League title since their famous unbeaten triumph back in 2003-04.

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