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Arsenal focus on Sokratis ahead of Soyuncu because...

Arsenal are focusing on a deal for Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos.

The Daily Mail says they have concerns over their pursuit of Freiburg's Caglar Soyuncu.

Mikel Arteta is likely to have a limited budget to work with if, as expected, he is appointed manager following Arsenal's expenditure in January and Freiburg's £35million asking price for Soyuncu is a concern.

Sokratis is well known to Sven Mislintat, Arsenal's head of recruitment, from their days together at Dortmund and would cost considerably less at around £17.5m.

Arsenal need a centre back with Laurent Koscielny out for six months and Per Mertesacker taking up a coaching role.

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