Exclusive: Campbell can't believe Arsenal have had to pay another star to quit
Sokratis Papastathopoulos has joined Olympiacos after his contract at Arsenal was mutually terminated – and the move shows there are some “major issues” at the Emirates.
That is the view of former Gunners striker Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 32-year-old’s exit from the London club.
On Monday, the Greek side confirmed the signing of the centre-half on a two-and-a-half deal.
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. pic.twitter.com/F5p3VEXX2i
— Sokratis Papastathopoulos (@SokratisPapa5) January 20, 2021
Arsenal had a week earlier mutually terminated the Greece international’s contract which was originally due to expire in June.
It comes after they paid off a significant portion remaining on Mesut Ozil’s deal.
Sokratis moved to the Emirates from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2018 for a fee of £17million, but slipped down the pecking order under Mikel Arteta.
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When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of the defender’s exit, Campbell said:
“Sokratis was just a stop-gap. When you look at his age, he was not brought in to be the next saviour of the football club.
“Let’s have it right though, when he came in, he did OK and he never let the club down when he played.
“The club is moving on now though and he was no part of the plans this season.
“It just goes to show the major issues Arsenal have when they have to pay players to leave. It is not a good situation and it is not one that the club should be in. Hopefully it is route that we do not have to go down again.”