Monday, November 05, 2007
Arsenal pursuing the next Tony Adams but so are Manchester United!
By 1970’s Gooner
The rumors concerning Arsenal’s interest in Socrates Papastathopoulos of AEK Athens (in yellow above) will not go away.
If you remember we first published Arsenal’s interest in this exciting 19 year old central defender last month.
Arsenal and AEK Athens have been cooperating since last year on issues of football management and training methods especially after the visit to London Colney by the Greek team’s Spanish manager and the club’s president.
In addition Arsenal have this year formally established an Arsenal Academy network consisting of 25 selected academies spanning the whole of Greece.
So it is not a surprise that, as reported by the Greek press, Arsenal’s German scout, Thomas Kost, has already been dispatched to the Greek capital to watch Papastathopoulos from close quarters; in every match, even during training!
Kost is the scout that tracked Tomas Rosicky prior to his transfer to Arsenal.
However interest appears to be hotting up as Manchester United are also watching.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s brother Martin, who is one of United’s chief scouts, was also dispatched, according to the Greek sports press, to assess the player during Greece’s recent friendly Under 19 game against Italy.
Socrates is the captain of the national side which reached the final of the world tournament last summer. He can play in central defence but also as a defensive midfielder.
Although only 19 he has European experience under his belt with three Champions League appearances last season already.
Ed: Most English newspapers and others, especially those who copy and paste, put his age at 15!
This is a mistake as they are confusing him with Spanish 15 year old Real Madrid Academy player, Pablo Saparia, who is also interesting Arsenal!
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