Arsenal have announced Julian Koch as their first signing under new manager Gray Surman, who is looking forward to working with the defender after their time together at Borussia Dortmund. The 27-year old German arrives at the Emirates Stadium in a £12.5m move, and has signed a four-year contract.
Koch has been capped twice by Germany, both in 2017: making his début from the bench in a 2-1 friendly win in France, and most recently in November during a 2-0 win over Mexico.
He made 143 league appearances at Dortmund, lifting eight trophies, with an additional 37 appearances made during two loan spells with MSV Duisberg, and was named in Dortmund’s team of the season this year. The right-back has scored just seven goals, but scored in both the Champions League and Europa League in the 2014-15 season.
His arrival has been welcomed by Arsenal supporters, with FanTV that if Koch showed the same loyalty to Arsenal that he had Dortmund, he would have no problems settling in. A club press conference has been arranged for Friday that will include Koch’s introduction to the English media.