I have been trying to think of a Plato pun but will have to settle for the one in the title. Anyway, Gooners, the Arsenal transfer rumour linking us with the Greece international defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos could soon turn out to hit a snag, after the Gunners were drawn against his current club in the Champions League.
Before the draw, according to The Mirror, Borussia Dortmund had offered the 26-year old central defender to us as we looked to strengthen at the back. And apparently Arsene Wenger was fairly keen on Sokratis, although the Frenchman was trying to get him for around £12 million rather than the £20 million that Dortmund were asking for.
Now the two clubs are going to be fighting it out in the same UCL group, again, I can’t see Jurgen Klopp agreeing to a cut price transfer which will strengthen us and potentially weaken them. And knowing Wenger and his philosophy in the transfer market, can you really see Arsenal paying something like £20 million for a player that could turn out to be a fourth choice centre back? Me neither.
Sokratis is a good player and showed that again for Greece at the World Cup finals this summer, but I don’t think he will be an Arsenal player anytime soon. So who should we be after, if anyone?