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Sokratis goes as squad trimming sets up summer squad butchering



The great Arsenal clear-out continued yesterday with the announcement that the club and Sokratis Papastathopoulos had agreed to an early termination of his contract. There were less than 6 months left to run, and he’d have been free to go in the summer anyway, but as a free agent now he’ll have some more doors open to him.
Technical Director Edu said:
On behalf of Mikel, our coaches, players and everyone at the club, I would like to thank Papa for his contribution to the club.
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.
He, along with soon to be ex-Gunner Mesut Ozil, had been omitted from the squad entirely this season, so it makes sense to include him as part of this January trimming exercise. If you were being cynical you might say we’ve gone from being a club that lets players run down their contracts and leave for free, to one which is now actively paying them to go away. But the reality is that we’d have had to pay him anyway if he’d stayed until June so sorting something out now is a more proactive way of dealing with the situation. Sokratis joined from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2018 for 16m and made 69 appearances. When your final season is one in which you don’t play, in which you’re not even included in the squad and you play the odd U23 game to keep your fi...
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