Sokratis has returned to full training ahead of Arsenal’s game against Liverpool on Thursday night but it looks like the defender will be on his way from the club before the window shuts.

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) during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and West Ham at the Emirates Stadium in London on March 7, 2020. (Photo by IAN KINGTON/AFP via Getty Images)

Ahead of Arsenal’s return to Liverpool for the second game at Anfield in a week, Sokratis has now made a return to full fitness and is in contention to play.

Sokratis has been out for a number of weeks with a calf strain that was only supposed to rule him out for a few days. It was, you have to admit, starting to look like a serious case of transferitis.

Napoli, Arsenal and Sokratis all have an agreement for the player to move there but only if Manchester City sign Kalidou Koulibaly. It was not clear if City were playing with Napoli, hoping to drive down their asking price, but it seems they might have splashed their cash elsewhere:

That doesn’t mean Sokratis will be sticking around as Nice are also interested in bringing him to France.

With William Saliba, Gabriel, David Luiz, Calum Chambers, Rob Holding, and Shkodran Mustafi all still at the club in addition to the Greek defender, it is clear Arsenal need to ship out some centrebacks.

Mustafi could also leave before the window shuts next week. Lazio are reportedly negotiating his transfer with Mustafi’s father, and agent, Kujtim, reaching an agreement on salary.