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Report: Arsenal set to add $21m Sokratis from Dortmund

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Unai Emery is set to acquire one of the first piece of Arsenal’s necessary defensive revolution.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos is the piece, a mainstay of Borussia Dortmund’s back line who will cost the Gunners around $21 million according to the Independent’s Jack Pitt-Brooke.

The 79-times capped Greek center back turns 30 in June, having authored 198 appearances since arriving from Genoa.

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Only BVB goalkeeper Roman Burki played more Bundesliga minutes for the club this season.

From The Independent:

Mislintat knows 29-year-old Sokratis well from his own time at Dortmund and now Arsenal are in advanced negotiations to bring him to the Emirates. Arsenal initially offered roughly £13m but they are expected to meet Dortmund’s asking price of £16m to complete the deal this week. Sokratis has one year left on his Dortmund contract and is eager to join Arsenal.

Emery went with a four-man back line for much of his time at Paris Saint-Germain, and has to decide whether Laurent Koscielny can bounce back from a rough campaign.

Sokratis would join countryman Konstantinos Mavropanos, the 20-year-old who was Mislintat’s first signing at Arsenal, as well as Koscielny, Shkrodan Mustafi, Calum Chambers, and Rob Holding.

Fellaini’s stoppage-time goal sinks Arsenal

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Marouane Fellaini headed home in the first minute of stoppage time to lead Manchester United to a 2-1 win over Arsenal in Arsene Wenger‘s final match in charge of the visiting Gunners at Old Trafford.

Ashley Young whipped in the cross, and Paul Pogba scored United’s other goal as the Red Devils tighten their grip on second place. Arsenal remains sixth with 58 points.

Wenger started a heavily-changed lineup including Premier League debutant Konstantinos Mavropanos as Arsenal prepares for Thursday’s Europa League second leg at Atletico Madrid. The Gunners drew the home leg 1-1.

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A free-flowing first quarter hour paved the way to United’s 16th minute opener, with Alexis Sanchez heading Romelu Lukaku‘s cross off the post. Pogba potted the rebound for 1-0.

United posed most of the threat as the game marched toward halftime, with Ashley Young hitting the post with a cross.

Lukaku was injured in the 49th minute, when Premier League debutant Mavropanos kicked across the striker. Marcus Rashford replaced the Belgian.

That’s when Mkhitaryan made it 1-1 with a goal against his former club, hitting a low shot inside the far post in the 51st minute. Granit Xhaka stole the ball and Mkhitaryan’s extra touch right rooted De Gea.

A nice team move looked to have put United in front, as Fellaini nodded Anthony Martial‘s terrific cross off the far post then Rashford and into the goal. Alas, Rashford was offside.

That’s when United used very fluid team movement and a fortunate bounce in the middle to cue up Young’s cross for the winner.

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Watch Live: Manchester United vs. Arsenal

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Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho match wits for the final time in the Arsenal manager’s glorious tenure when the Gunners meet Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday (Watch live at 11:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

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It’s a reunion for Alexis Sanchez with his old teammates and Henrikh Mkhitaryan with the Manchester United support.

Konstantinos Mavropanos will make his Premier League debut for the Gunners, as Wenger is resting many players for Thursday’s Europa League second leg at Atletico Madrid. The Gunners drew the home leg 1-1.

LINEUPS

Manchester United: De Gea, Valencia, Lindelof, Smalling, Young, Herrera, Matic, Pogba, Lingard, Lukaku, Alexis. Subs: Pereira, Rojo, Fellaini, Mata, McTominay, Martial, Rashford.

Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Chambers, Mavropanos, Kolasinac, Xhaka, Maitland-Niles, Iwobi, Nelson, Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang. Subs: Cech, Holding, Monreal, Osei-Tutu, Willock, Welbeck, Nketiah.