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After recently concluding Mesut Ozil’s contract ahead of schedule, Arsenal have agreed to terminate the contract of defender Sokratis with immediate effect. The former Borussia Dortmund defender has been with Arsenal for the last two-and-a-half years. He has featured in 69 appearances for the club, but it became clear that Sokratis would not be part of Mikel Arteta’s squad. At 32 years of age, Sokratis could not afford to sit out and see the contract with Arsenal.
The defender is now attracting the attention from the likes of Genoa, Sevilla, and Real Betis, according to Sky Sports. However, it is understood that the defender has not made a decision on his future. Sokratis is no stranger to playing in different leagues, as he has already represented the likes of Genoa in Italy and Werder Bremen in Germany. The move to Spain would be the next big challenge for the 32-year-old, who has never played in the La Liga.
Arsenal paid around £18 million for his signature back in 2018. His first season with the club saw him make 40 appearances and score three goals in all competitions. In the subsequent campaign, however, the managerial change that the club went through coupled with the poor form experienced by the player meant that he will be featured in 29 matches in all competitions. So far this season, Sokratis is yet to feature in any match. As he certainly had no future at Arsenal – especially after the revival of form by Mikel Arteta’s team, it made a lot of sense to make a move for new pastures.
Arsenal only recently had a mutual agreement with Mesut Ozil to terminate his contract. This facilitated the German international’s move to Fenerbahce. It has also freed up a sizeable portion of wage bill, which could be spent on a new player in this January transfer window.