Having scored a belter in last night’s 2-0 win over Portsmouth in the FA Cup, Sokratis Papastathopoulos has opened up on his potential future with Arsenal.

The Greek international has lost his place at centre-half in recent weeks to Shkodran Mustafi, and played at right-back against Pompey at Fratton Park.

It’s not his favourite position, with Mikel Arteta praising his commitment despite having a ‘little moan’ about being played there. The question of his future is one which hangs over him and the club, as he has just one more year left on his current deal.

It’s one of the many contractual situations Arsenal have to deal with this summer, and unlike players in the past, Sokratis has made it fairly clear he’s not interested in just sitting around and picking up the money, he wants to play.

“I have one more year here but me, I never sit on my contract,” he said, via Football 365.

“I don’t care. If I’m not happy, I don’t play enough or the coach doesn’t like me, I don’t care about the contract.

“For me the money is not important, it is important I feel good, I feel happy and the team is happy with me. If not, I take the road and I finish.

“I don’t think about it, I think every day to be happy and help the team and in the end we will see but what I say is that I am not a player who sits on a contract – I don’t need it.”

The 31 year old has made 26 appearances in all competitions this season, but if he doesn’t play in his favoured position, it seems obvious he’ll look to find pastures new this summer.

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Djgooner
Djgooner
30 days ago

We should get a few million in for him, I’ll miss his celebrations when he makes a great tackle!

High gooner
High gooner
30 days ago
Reply to  Djgooner

Yea you could never fault his commitment!

C.B.
C.B.
30 days ago

We can afford to lose him with all the possibilities at CB next season eg including Mari and Saliba.

I like his fight and spirit though, so it would be a shame.

Rich
Rich
30 days ago

Can’t fault his attitude. A player who wants to play, above all else. Unlike Ozil, who’s agent has made clear he likes where he lives, he likes the size of his pay cheque, and because he has such high commercial value, he’ll quite happily wait for a bosman, even if that means no playing time. We’re overstocked with centre half’s. Mustafi, Sokratis, Luiz, Holding, Chambers, Saliba, Mavropanos and Mari on loan. its not quantity we lack, it’s quality. With Mustafi, Sokratis, Luiz all with just a year remaining, they’re the prime candidates to be shown the door.

Harsh
Harsh
30 days ago
Reply to  Rich

Agreed.
But I think keeping luiz is a good idea because his on the ball qualities, experience and especially premier league experience is valuable.
Moving on mustafi and maybe one or two from chambers, holding and mavronopos would be best.
But, of course, knowing arsenal…

Fergal
Fergal
30 days ago
Reply to  Rich

Rich, how about instead of having a go at a guy for no reason in an unrelated post, you sit down and shut the fuck up for while? Support your team, the whole team. Its “fans” like you that give us a bad name and bring toxicity to our club.

Rich
Rich
30 days ago
Reply to  Fergal

Why do people think they have a right to shut down opinions of people they disagree with?

I think the Ozil analogy is a good one.

Sokratis wants to play, Ozil likes where he lives and the size of his pay cheque.

Martin
Martin
30 days ago
Reply to  Rich

The Ozil analogy is nonsense. I believe that Ozil wishes to play just as much as he has shown in recent weeks.

Dr. kNOw
Dr. kNOw
30 days ago
Reply to  Martin

Özil has shown he’s quite happy to sit in the stands than relinquish his fat contract.
His agent said so just a few days ago, making the comparison with Sokratis more pertinent.

Everybody wants to play; even Mustafi, Xhaka, Stepanovs, and Cygan in their darkest days wanted game time. That is a weak moot point.

Futsboller
Futsboller
30 days ago
Reply to  Dr. kNOw

I think Rich’s analogy is ridiculous for the following reasons: firstly, Sokratis the player is speaking as opposed to Ozil’s agent (it’s not Ozil stood beside Big Papa and said, “yeah, me, I don’t care about playing, I just care about the money”); secondly, Sokratis is a moderately paid centreback whose starting status is well under threat as he has fallen down the pecking order and is now playing out of position, whereas Ozil is a handsomely paid #10 who is playing almost every game and is central to his team’s attacking philosophy under their new coach (i.e., one has… Read more »

Rich
Rich
30 days ago
Reply to  Futsboller

Ozil’s agent works for him, not the other way around. Sokratis has never thrown his gloves around, throwing a temper tantrum the most bratty 6 yr old child would sit in awe of. Sokratis has never sent out social media posts that are designed to cause division. Sokratis has never come down with multiple mysterious sickness hours after finding out he wasn’t starting, after training perfectly fine. Sokratis’s attitude and work ethic have never been called into question by Freddie, Emery, Arsene, Per and Rambo. Sokratis doesn’t throw his hands around pointing the finger at team mates, when he’s been… Read more »

Futsboller
Futsboller
30 days ago
Reply to  Rich

Wow, clearly you missed the point of my comment and really confirmed the worry of a deep-seated prejudice against one of our players. It’s too bad.

A P
A P
29 days ago
Reply to  Futsboller

Plus, Ozil knew Emery was a shit coach well before any of us did.

DaDude
DaDude
30 days ago
Reply to  Dr. kNOw

I agree with you. The question is not really who wants to play. I certainly believe that everybody does. The real question is: Who cares if he doesn’t play and really wants to change that? Who is really angry if they are not chosen and wants to prove that they are better than the colleague who plays instead?

Mintoes
Mintoes
30 days ago
Reply to  Martin

He’s shown fck all in recent weeks just like he’s shown fck all in 4 seasons.

A P
A P
29 days ago
Reply to  Mintoes

And you can fuck off to wherever Emery will fuck off to.

Pooner
Pooner
30 days ago
Reply to  Fergal

He’s not the one telling someone to “sit down and shut the fuck up” is he? How’s that for toxicity?

Alex
Alex
30 days ago
Reply to  arseblog

If i may say something, then it’d be of great kindness and delicacy to forbid also “fans” to call players name too. Like the “F*** Mustafi” or “F*** off Xhaka” i often read here.

Naked Cygan
Naked Cygan
30 days ago
Reply to  Alex

Do you want us to take a vitamine C, wash our hands, and wear a tie, and sit up starit too when make a comment? Cursing players is wrong, but it goes with the culture of football. We all love every arsenal player, and we wish them the best, but having a go at them is just part of the game. The next day we still love them and hope the best.

David C
David C
30 days ago
Reply to  arseblog

Who down voted this? Keep it civil, learn to disagree with people without belittling them. It’s a great life skill we seem to be lacking in our society.

Teryima Adi
Teryima Adi
30 days ago
Reply to  David C

Thanks, Bro🙏

Rohan
Rohan
30 days ago
Reply to  arseblog

Talk about the pot calling the kettle black!

Teryima Adi
Teryima Adi
30 days ago
Reply to  arseblog

The Oracle has spoken.😜

Charles
Charles
30 days ago
Reply to  arseblog

Please admin can you kindly look into this.. this is the first time that I’m reading this post and the follow up comments but noticed that I have already liked some of the comments before now (and it’s not the first time it’s happened). Can you kindly advice on what’s likely to be the cause of that cause I’m not finding it funny at all. Thanks

Charles
Charles
28 days ago
Reply to  arseblog

Thanks, at least it eases my mind to know that it’s a general issue and not peculiar to me. Been very busy and just read your reply. Appreciated

Matthinc
Matthinc
30 days ago
Reply to  Charles

Yeah happening for me too, sometimes it’s auto upvoted, sometimes downvoted

Fergal
Fergal
29 days ago
Reply to  arseblog

Ok. Sorry to everyone I offended. Sorry Rich. We’re all Arsenal fans.

DaDude
DaDude
30 days ago
Reply to  Fergal

Greetings back to North Korea!

OnTheRightPath
OnTheRightPath
30 days ago
Reply to  Rich

I think Mustafi is a better player than the player we became accustomed to seeing before Arteta. I think we have been through a period where the team tactics made most players appear worse than they really are.

Berlingoon
Berlingoon
30 days ago

Admirable attitude. A certain big eyed team mate could take some advice in that regard.

Modha
Modha
30 days ago

I bloody love big Papa. I think he adds some bite to us that we’d miss if we sold him

Savage
Savage
30 days ago
Reply to  Modha

If I was supporting another club, I’d hate him!

DaDude
DaDude
30 days ago
Reply to  Savage

I guess that’s the best thing one could say about a player of your own team. Thumbs up.

Public Elneny
Public Elneny
30 days ago
Reply to  Modha

Same. I think as a pure defender, he’s still our best.

But he’s kind of an oaf on the ball, is running out of contract and is growing old, so it would probably make sense to move him on.

Based on current info, Luiz, Saliba, Chambers and Mari would be my pick for CBs to keep next year. But it may be best to hold onto Sok as there are question marks against Saliba, Chambers and Mari for different reasons. Holding badly needs game time, probably from a loan.

Mintoes
Mintoes
30 days ago
Reply to  Public Elneny

“He’s still our best pure defender…” let me fix that for you…”he’s still our best pure shite defender”…

if we get any money for this donkey we’ll be laughing.

hustle6
hustle6
30 days ago

I can imagine moaning when finding out Mari was getting the start at CB and him shunted to RB. I thought he was ok though, better than Mustafi at RB.

Savage
Savage
30 days ago

This is a natural situation for all clubs. The only thing we can hope for is that players in this position don’t disrupt the club too much on their way out. I must say that Mustafi appears to have behaved like a professional throughout his problems.

Changing topic … the reason we signed Auba was because he got into trouble at Dortmund. It’s interesting that we’ve had absolutely no trouble with him.

Alex
Alex
30 days ago
Reply to  Savage

For Auba, don’t worry, they’ll come once he’ll wish to leave.

DaDude
DaDude
30 days ago
Reply to  Alex

I agree. Try to tell him in summer that you wish him to see out his contract and play another year in the EL (or in no european competition) and you will quickly learn what trouble is.

A Different George
A Different George
30 days ago
Reply to  Savage

No, he got into trouble at Dortmund because he wanted to leave, not the other way around. He wanted to force the club to sell despite their desire to keep him, and he succeeded. Aubameyang has had no history of trouble before or since.

Almunia4Pires
Almunia4Pires
30 days ago

Anyone wearing the No. 10 shirt got the hint?

Flavoured Rice
30 days ago

Off you go then. It’s time for the Arteta revolution and we don’t need dead wood around

Steve
Steve
30 days ago

How would we know when he’s not happy? It’s not like he plays with a smile on his face. The man has a resting ‘meh’ face. 🙂

Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter
30 days ago

On top of all that, there were a couple of fans who said “Good game” and “Well done” after the Everton game, while he was driving back home.

He didn’t play in the Everton game….

Santori
Santori
30 days ago

We have 8 options at the moment so some culling needs to be done. I would think we would keep one of 3 senior players – Sokratis, Luiz and yes, Mustafi. Sokratis may leave given one year left on contract and lack of CL Luiz was always a stop gap panic buy. May or may not be kept one more season. Mustafi if the offer is good enough will be sold. Otherwise depends on if he continues to show good application (albeit now curtailed by the injury) Then thereafter – Saliba will likely come in even if he has been… Read more »

Joey Deacon
Joey Deacon
30 days ago
Reply to  Santori

I love this:

wank off on him like he is the second coming”

Public Elneny
Public Elneny
30 days ago
Reply to  Santori

I just can’t comprehend it that people think Chambers is best at right back

And the concept of a natural position is false

Teryima Adi
Teryima Adi
30 days ago

No holds barred 😀😀😀

Ozenal
Ozenal
30 days ago

Mari on his debut, noticed his passing, especially long passing was useful.

Ozenal
Ozenal
30 days ago
Reply to  Ozenal

I can see the benefit of a left footer playing down the line. And also passing across the box it naturally curves away from opposition, so give a bit better time for the right sided centre halfnto launch their own attack. I.e. Luiz.

Overall I like the balance. But it is only one game

Des
Des
30 days ago

Good he won’t be missed their are much better centre backs out there.