Papastathopoulos Signs for Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund

Arsenal have been able to complete the signing of Greek defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos. The club typically did not disclose the length of the contract, but claimed that the 30-year-old has signed a long-term deal with the club. The defender has made the switch from Borussia Dortmund for a fee of around £ 17 million. He has represented clubs like AC Milan, Genoa, and Werder Bremen before making the move to Dortmund. At his latest German outfit,Papastathopoulos was able to make no less than 186 appearances. Hence, Arsenal are getting a player who is steeped in experience when it comes to European football.

Arsenal are no strangers to signing defenders from the German league and Per Mertesacker is one of the first names that springs to the mind. However,Papastathopoulos is a Greek international who has made 79 appearances for the national team. He will wear the number five shirt at Arsenal. His arrival does not seem to conclude an active transfer market for Arsenal, as the club has been quite active in helping new manager Unai Emery with a list of new players to complement the existing stars. The other names who have moved to Arsenal in the summer include Stephan Lichtsteiner and Bernd Len. After having made the switch to Arsenal,Papastathopoulos will be reunited with his former Borussia Dortmund players – Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
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AEK Athens Part Company With Manolo Jimenez

Greece has once again proved the instability within the league by witnessing the departure of Spanish coach Manolo Jimenez just a few days after getting champions AEK Athens to the league title. AEK Athens have been able to claim the league title for the first time in 24 years as they won the championship this season. However, it is reported thatJimenez demanded a huge improvement in salary and the club failed to meet those expectations. As a result, it is expected thatJimenez will make a return to Spanish football with Las Palmas, who have just been relegated from the La Liga, keen to have him for a push for promotion.

Jimenez is no stranger to Greek football after having been in charge of AEK Athens back in the 2010-11 campaign. He came to back to the club in January 2017 and helped them to reach the group stages of Europe following a six-year absence. The team managed to achieve this status by reaching the Europa League play-offs by beating Club Brugge KV. Continue reading AEK Athens Part Company With Manolo Jimenez

Panserraikos Have Better Chance Of Beating Kallithea

Greek soccer side Panserraikos have stronger chances of defeating Kallithea when both sides meet, according to bookies. Despite Kallithea playing at home, they are believed to have just 26 per cent chance of defeating their rivals compared to Panserraikos’ 57 per cent.


The football league clash slated for March is expected to be an exciting one.From their previous clashes, this forthcoming game would definitely be a cracker, especially as both sides would be hoping to get the better of the other. Kallithea had several opportunities to kill the game when they played Panserraikos last but they failed to convert them. Panserraikos also could have gotten a winner but they were not as sharp in their attacks so the game ended 1-1 with both sides sharing the spoils.
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Boca Juniors Fail to Sign Paraguayan Defender from AC Milan

Boca Juniors have given up on the prospect of signing Gustavo Gomez, as AC Milan have been steadfastly refusing to sell the player. The 24-year-old has been subjected to much interest from Argentina outfit Boca Juniors, who have been keen to take the player back to South American football. After starting his career with Libertad in 2011, the defender made the switch to Argentina outfit Lanus in 2014. He spent two years at this club, but it is here where he rose to prominence. In just two years, he made close to 100 appearances for the club and scored three goals.

The performances led to the attention from AC Milan and several other clubs from European football. Milan were finally able to secure his signature in August 2016 for a fee of around € 8.5 million. Thus, he became the first player from Paraguay to represent the iconic Italian outfit. He made his debut for Milan just a few weeks after signing for the club. However, a torrid run of form for AC Milan coupled with vast changes to the ownership and management led to Gustavo Gomez falling out of favour on a consistent basis. In the last two years, he has represented Milan in just 21 games. As a result, he was expected to be sold in January.
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Arsenal failed with deadline-day move for Greece international

Arsenal are deemed to have failed with a deadline-day approach to pursue Greek defender Kostas Manolas from AS Roma. The centre-back had emerged as a transfer target for the Gunners during the dying stages of the transfer window, but they could not convince the Giallorossi into a sale.

According to Sky Italia, the north London side turned their attention to the former Olympiakos man after they failed with a bid to sign Jonny Evans from West Bromwich Albion. However, their attempt to sign Manolas also went in vain with the Italian outfit having little time to find a possible replacement.
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Kostas Manolas wants Roma to play their A game versus Lazio

Greek centre-back Kostas Manolas has said that Roma must produce their best performance of the season if they are to come up triumphs against Lazio in the Derby della Capitale. The Giallorossi have won nine of their 11 matches this term and the form sees them just five points behind leaders Napoli with a game in hand. In the lead-up to the Lazio game, the Giallorossi defender urged his teammates to give their best showing of the campaign in order to beat their Capital rivals, he said: “We must give our heart and our playing style, so hopefully at the final whistle we will be the winners.

“It doesn’t matter who we are facing, we have to play our football and do our best, so we’ll give everything today. Every victory is important. Naturally, the derby also gives extra confidence, passion and motivation. We all want to win. To achieve that, we need our best performance of the season.”
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