Arsenal unloads another unwanted player as he returns to his homeland

26.1.2021.  
Arsenal unloads another unwanted player as he returns to his homeland

In the backdrop of Mesut Ozil's transfer saga and his eventual move to Fenerbahce, another memorable member of the Gunners have moved away. Sokratis Papasthathopoulos has also mutually terminated the contract he had with the London club and was free to join a club of his choosing.


The pick was Olympiacos, and the 32-year-old Greek will now have to endure the anger of the fans of his first club - AEK Athens. As he joined the rivals in red and white and has signed a contract until the summer of 2023.


"After almost 13 years in teams abroad, the time has come for me to return to Greek stadiums with the shirt of Olympiacos," wrote the centre-back on Twitter.


Sokratis arrived at the Emirates in the summer of 2018 from Borussia Dortmund for €16,000,000 after a nomadic career. He represented Werder Bremen, AC Milan, Genoa, and Niki Volou throughout his career. Sokratis played 69 games for Arsenal, scoring six goals and making two assists.


Papastathopoulos has also been linked with a transfer to Turkey, as well as clubs in Italy and Spain. In the end, he chose to go back to the country he represented 90 times.


Arsenal's sporting director Edu commentated on Sokratis' departure.


"He has been an important part of our group and has been a model professional throughout. The negotiations to end his contract have been collaborative and we wish Papa and his family well for the future."


The Gunners have shipped off two important players but there's still not a lot of money in the budget. Emiliano Buendia, of Norwich, is to stay in the Championship club and the team has looked to capture Martin Odegaard as a loan. But the club might also go for the highly-rated Shakhtar Donetsk winger Manor Solomon.



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