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.