Sokratis opens up on ‘difficult’ final months at Arsenal

Sokratis opens up on ‘difficult’ final months at Arsenal

Former Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos has admitted that he had tough last months during his time with the North London club.

Sokratis moved to Olympiacos in the January transfer window and will have a chance to show his former side what they are missing when they meet on Thursday in the Europa League; the player having been omitted from Arsenal’s Premier League and Europa League squads before his contract was "mutually terminated".

Many have had the feeling that he has a point to prove to manager Mikel Arteta but when asked about the same by Football.London, the Greek international said: "No, as a player I don't have to prove to anybody who I am.

"I already showed everybody in my career what I can do. I worked with some of the best coaches in the world and I played regularly - I don't have to prove something to Arteta or anyone there. It was his decision and the club's decision and I accepted it.

"I had a lot of good memories at Arsenal. I reached the Europa League final, won two trophies - the FA Cup and Community Shield. They are the club which gave me the chance to play in the best league in the world."

For the second season running, the Gunners and the Greek outfit will face off, with the latter overcoming their English counterpart 13 months ago.

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