The agent of out-of-favour Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos has labelled speculation linking his client with an exit from the club ‘fake news’.
Greek stopper Sokratis has been plying his trade in north London for the last two seasons.
After arriving at the Emirates from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2018, the 32-year-old quickly went on to establish himself as a key contributor under former boss Unai Emery.
All told, across his debut campaign in Arsenal’s colours, Sokratis racked up 38 starts across all competitions.
The early months of the current campaign, meanwhile, saw the veteran continue to act as a central member of the Gunners’ defensive ranks, with Sokratis having been trusted from the off in all of the club’s first 11 Premier League fixtures.
LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 05: David Luiz of Arsenal discusses with Sokratis of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Brighton & Hove Albion at Emirates Stadium on December 05, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
Since then, however, things have taken a turn for the worse for the former AC Milan man.
Across Arsenal’s final 27 league outings of the season, Sokratis was handed just 8 starts.
The arrival of Mikel Arteta at the Emirates directly coincided with the stopper’s dip in playing time, with all of David Luiz, Pablo Mari, Shkodran Mustafi and Rob Holding seemingly ahead of Sokratis in the Spaniard’s central defensive pecking order.
As such, it has come as little surprise to see reports begin to mount in the media that Sokratis could be on the move this summer.
In fact, just 2 days ago, it was widely speculated that Mikel Arteta had informed his out-of-favour stopper that his time at Arsenal is up.
Such claims were therefore put to Sokratis’ agent earlier today.
Speaking during an interview with journalist Freddie Paxton, Konstantinos Farras was drawn on his client’s future in north London, as well as the suggestions that he looks set for an imminent transfer.
Farras, however, was quick to shut down the rumours surrounding Sokratis, assuring that the Greek, as things stand, has no reason to move on:
‘He [Sokratis] will stay. I don’t see a reason to leave. I don’t know why everyone is writing wrong and fake news.’
Sokratis’ agent, Konstantinos Farras, tells me:
“He [Sokratis] will stay. I don’t see a reason to leave. I don’t know why everyone is writing wrong and fake news”
Arsenal, however, clearly willing to listen to offers and receive a fee for him before contract expires next summer
— Freddie Paxton (@Freddie_Paxton) July 28, 2020
In further news regarding one of Arsenal’s central defenders, Shkodran Mustafi has taken to social media to post an update on his injury recovery.
The German picked up a hamstring problem during the Gunners’ FA Cup semi-final victory over Manchester City two weeks ago, and has remained on the sidelines since.
Mustafi was subsequently forced to go under the knife this week, with the former Valencia man now expected to be out of action until October.
Mustafi himself, though, after revealing his disappointment at being unable to feature in this weekend’s FA Cup final, has assured that he is now ‘fully focused’ on securing a return to the pitch as soon as possible:
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Hi Everyone, after the match vs. Leicester City I said that there is nothing more painful than not winning a game you derserved to win. I had to learn the hard way, there is something even worse. Missing out the @emiratesfacup Final for the second time. The good news is that the surgery went well and that I am not the type of guy who gives up easily 👊🏻. After the disappointment I accepted the situation and I am now fully focused to recover 🔋 as quick as possible to be back on the pitch 🙌🏻 #SM20
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