Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta has told Sokratis Papastathopoulos that he is not in his plans for next season, according to Football.London‘s James Benge.
The website’s Arsenal correspondent says that despite the 32-year-old knowing that he doesn’t have a future at the Emirates, he has “no intention of leaving” the Gunners.
Arteta doesn’t think Sokratis has the right characteristics to play in his team, but the centre-back is reportedly determined to prove the manager wrong.
Considering the Greek international is not the most comfortable with the ball at his feet, it is highly unlikely that he’ll get himself back into the first team, unless there is an injury crisis at the back.
With William Saliba having arrived from Saint-Etienne, Arsenal now have seven centre-backs in the squad, including Sokratis. Pablo Mari, Shkodran Mustafi, Rob Holding, David Luiz and Calum Chambers are all on the club’s books, in addition to Dinos Mavropanos who is out on loan.
Sokratis has less than one year left on his contract and the Gunners will undoubtedly be listening to any offers for the player.