Sokratis Papastathopoulos completed his move from Borussia Dortmund to Arsenal on Monday, and he is now the highest-paid Greek football player, with his new club.

That’s according to Greek outlet Protothema, who write that the new signing will earn €19m (£16.81m) over the next three years at Arsenal. That translates to around £108,000-a-week. According to the report, that makes Sokratis the highest-paid Greek footballer in history.

Admittedly, there isn’t exactly a massive amount of competition in this regard, as their aren’t many Greek players at the very biggest European clubs. Kostas Manolas is the only close to Sokratis’ level, at AS Roma, but Serie A teams aren’t exactly known for their high wage bills.

For a club like Arsenal, around £100,000-a-week for the more experienced members of the squad is fairly standard nowadays. The important thing is the player lives up to those wages on the pitch next season.

With any luck, Arsenal should at least be able to get their money’s worth out of Sokratis when it comes to game time. The 30-year-old made 43 appearances last season, only missing two matches with injury or illness.

Hector Bellerin (47 appearances) is the only defender who can match that for the Gunners in 2017/18.

Let’s hope for a strong first season from the Greek international!

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