Mikel Arteta has admitted that Sokratis Papastathopoulos is ‘probably going to leave’ Arsenal this month as the Gunners look to trim their squad.
Pep Guardiola’s former assistant made the claim when speaking to Football London, where he also discussed Thomas Partey and Shkodran Mustafi.
After being asked about Mustafi, Arteta said: ‘His future right now is here. Trying to help. We have Papa (Sokratis) who’s probably going to leave the club this window, we have William (Saliba) who has already gone on loan.’
However, his comments on Sokratis are arguably the most interesting.
It seemed likely that the 90-cap Greece international would leave the Emirates this month, as some reliable reports emerged.
Italian transfer guru Gianluca Di Marzio recently revealed that Sokratis was having a meeting with Serie A outfit Genoa.
However, Di Marzio claims he is more attracted to an offer on the table from Real Betis.
Wherever he ends up, it doesn’t look likely that he’ll stay in north London, in our view.
Arteta simply has no use for the former Borussia Dortmund man anymore.
The Spaniard has an embarrassment of riches at centre-back.
Aside from Sokratis, Arsenal have Gabriel Magalhães, Rob Holding, David Luiz, Pablo Mari, Mustafi, Calum Chambers, and also William Saliba.
In that respect, a 32-year-old Sokratis, who also drains £92,000-a-week from the wage bill, really isn’t needed at the Emirates anymore.
The centre-back has made zero first-team appearances this season – it looks as if his time at Arsenal is coming to an end, based on Arteta’s comments.
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