Sokratis Officially Joins Olympiacos On Free Transfer

Ex-Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos has now moved to Olympiacos on a deal until the summer of 2023

The 32-year-old had been looking for a new club after his contract was terminated by Arsenal on mutual consent last week.

Now, the Greek international has returned to his homeland to sign for Olympiacos on a free transfer after ending his Arsenal contract six months early.

Sokratis signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with Olympiacos and is expected to earn €1.5million a year, plus bonuses.

Taking to social media after leaving Arsenal, he 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 Arsenal.”

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Sokratis made 69 appearances for Arsenal, helping the team reach the final of the Europa League in 2019 and win the FA Cup last summer.

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Efe Bridget is a writer at GoalBall. She is a graduate of Mass Communication with 12 years of experience working with reputable publications.