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Sokratis joins Olympiakos after Arsenal contract mutually terminated

Simon Collings
·1-min read
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Sokratis Papastathopoulos has joined Olympiakos after his contract with Arsenal was mutually terminated.

The defender came to an agreement with Arsenal last week to leave the club during the current transfer window, despite there being six months to run on his contract.

That left Sokratis free to join another club and he has now headed back to his native Greece to join Olympiakos.

The 32-year-old had been attracting interest from clubs around Europe, including Genoa in Italy and Spanish side Real Betis, but he has elected to go back home.

Sokratis has signed a contract until the summer of 2023.

After leaving Arsenal, Sokratis said: “One of the most enjoyable times in my career ended today.

"It has been an honour to wear the Arsenal shirt and I want to thank all the coaches, team-mates, staff and fans around the world for the love and respect they have given me.

“I gave everything for Arsenal and Arsenal also gave me a lot. I wish you all the best health and success always. Thank you.”

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