Sokratis will stay with Arsenal until the end of his contract in 2021 before likely moving on, but he hasn’t held talks with the club yet.

Arsenal's Greek defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos (L) vies with West Ham United's French striker Sebastien Haller (R) during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and West Ham at the Emirates Stadium in London on March 7, 2020.
Arsenal’s Greek defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos (L) vies with West Ham United’s French striker Sebastien Haller (R) on March 7, 2020. (Photo by IAN KINGTON/AFP via Getty Images)

As you may have seen, Sokratis is in the news at the moment over his apparent desire to stay with Arsenal despite his inconsistent gametime under Mikel Arteta.

Chris Wheatley, who has connections to the player through his social media agency D2SMedia, gave an update this week.

Initially, Wheatley said in a (now-deleted) section of an interview with Twitter user @iemadAFC that Sokratis would seek a move to Germany or Italy at the end of his current deal in 2021. He added that Arteta told Sokratis he doesn’t feature in his plans for the club.

However, Wheatley later clarified on his own Twitter page that Sokratis hadn’t had any conversations with Arsenal or Arteta over his future. Nonetheless, Wheatley reiterated Sokratis will stay with the club for the final year of his contract.

Either some new information came to light or there was just a misunderstanding in the initial interview, but it seems we’ll have to wait for the end of the season and the summer window to find out what Arteta plans to do with Sokratis.