London, June 5: Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos has decided to join London football giants Arsenal this summer, the footballer's father said. The Greek centre-back opted for a move to Arsenal despite Manchester United and Dortmund holding talks over his signature, his father Charalambos was quoted as saying by dailymail.co.uk on Tuesday. According to the website, Sokratis is well known to Arsenal's head of recruitment, Sven Mislitant, and is currently in London waiting to complete his transfer. He will become new Arsenal head coach Unai Emery's first signing.
"There was interest from United but he had to wait until July for them," Charalambos told Greek radio station Radio 24/7. IANS