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Erstwhile Arsenal defender joins Olympiakos

Erstwhile Arsenal defender, Sokratis Papastathopoulos joins Olympiakos.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos, who was released by Arsenal last week, has returned to Greece after signing a two-and-a-half-year deal with Olympiakos, the Greek champions announced on Monday.

The erstwhile Arsenal defender, had made 69 appearances for Gunners but was not part of Mikel Arteta’s plans this season.

Arsenal and Sokratis agreed to end the defender’s contract at the Emirates six months early, before he completed his move to Greece a few days later.

“The proposal was very good. It was easy to say yes,” said the 32-year-old international defender.

“I did not come to Greece to end my career but to win.”

Erstwhile Arsenal defender joins Olympiakos

Olympiakos are currently 11 points clear at the top of the Greek Super League after beating Atromitos at the weekend.

Papastathopoulos, often referred to by his first name or ‘Papa’ joined Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund in July 2018 and made 69 appearances for the Gunners but was a fringe player under Michael Arteta.

He has also played for Werder Bremen, AC Milan, Genoa and AEK Athens.

Papastathopoulos has been a member of the Greek national team since 2008 making 90 appearances and scoring three goals.

Ozil, Sokratis and defender Sead Kolasinac have all left the club this month with speculation also surrounding the future of Shkodran Mustafi.

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