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 By Tom Adams

Arsenal's early transfer dealings not flashy but show a commitment to fixing defence

Stephan Lichtsteiner joins Arsenal on a free transfer and becomes the first signing for Unai Emery at his new club.
Raphael Honigstein explains why Borussia Dortmund's Sokratis Papastathopoulos would be an underwhelming addition for Arsenal.

Arsenal's first signing of the Unai Emery era was a 34-year-old, no-nonsense defender in Stephan Lichtsteiner. Their second, if a deal for Sokratis Papastathopoulos goes through imminently, will be an almost-30-year-old, no-nonsense defender. It is a recruitment strategy that has the feel of electric shock treatment after two decades of Arsene Wenger.

But then, as he stretches his feet out under his desk at London Colney, the new head coach faces a very different scenario to that which greeted...

Arsenal hoping to complete Sokratis Papastathopoulos deal shortly - source

Raphael Honigstein explains why Borussia Dortmund's Sokratis Papastathopoulos would be an underwhelming addition for Arsenal.
Former Arsenal defender Lauren praised Arsene Wenger following his departure from the Gunners.
The FC panel answer your managerial related tweets on Carlo Ancelotti at Napoli, Unai Emery at Arsenal, a second chance for Klinsmann and more.
With Unai Emery's appointment as Arsenal head coach now official, the ESPN FC panel discuss what he'll need to do to find success at the Emirates.

Arsenal are hoping to complete a deal for Borussia Dortmund centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos, a source has told ESPN FC, as the Gunners start work to rebuild their defence.

Papastathopoulos could become Arsenal's first signing since Unai Emery took over as head coach, with the clubs still negotiating the details of a deal, a club source said.

Reports have said Dortmund want £16 million for the 29-year-old Greece international. Papastathopoulos would add some much-needed experience to Arsenal's...

Christian Pulisic 'hapless' as Dortmund fail to clinch UCL qualification vs. Mainz

Borussia Dortmund's topsy-turvy season continued with an embarrassing loss to Mainz.
Borussia Dortmund's topsy-turvy campaign hit another low with an embarrassing loss to Mainz.

DORTMUND, Germany -- Borussia Dortmund failed to wrap up Champions League qualification in an embarrassing 2-1 defeat to then 14-place Mainz, who ensured their place in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

The visitors shocked Dortmund early. Bote Baku had Roman Burki beaten four minutes into the game. Just nine minutes later, Yoshinori Muto's header doubled the lead as Omer Toprak and Burki failed to intervene against the diminutive Japanese forward. BVB struck back just three minutes later with Jadon...

Sokratis Papastathopoulos strike seals debut Dortmund win for Peter Stoger

Under newly appointed head coach Peter Stoger, Borussia Dortmund found their first Bundesliga win since Sept. 30, beating a very poor Mainz side 2-0 away from home on Tuesday night. The Black and Yellows picked up their first clean sheet since matchday five.

It was a hard-fought victory for BVB, who found it hard to create scoring opportunities from open play against Mainz' defensive setup. Centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos volleyed in a rebound following a set piece in the 55th minute to break...

Andriy Yarmolenko, Shinji Kagawa lead Dortmund to a gritty win at Augsburg

"If you play like that and still win, that's huge!" Sokratis Papastathopoulos told reporters after a tired Borussia Dortmund grinded out a 2-1 win against feisty Augsburg. "In recent years, we would have drawn or lost these kinds of games," the centre-back added. It was the seventh match within 21 days for the Black and Yellows and, except for a few sparks of brilliance, the 90 minutes were a far cry from their usual dominance in the Bundesliga. Augsburg, meanwhile, showed why they had been unbeaten...

Dortmund's stingy defensive record exposed again in Europe

Borussia Dortmund stay on zero points after two Champions League matchdays, deservedly losing 3-1 against Real Madrid on Tuesday night. For Dortmund, it was the first loss against Los Blancos on home soil in a competitive match in the seventh fixture between the two at the Westfalenstadion.

With both Madrid and Tottenham boasting six points in Group H, it will be an uphill battle for the Black and Yellows from here on out to claim a top two spot.

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Although BVB were deserved losers on the...