Established Arsenal Defender Looking to Exit in the Summer Despite Impressive In-Game Performances

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Arsenal’s defensive woes might just get a little worser if the Gunners do not secure an established defender this summer.

Indeed, Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopolous has only been at the Emirates since July but already the Greek defender is plotting the next move of an already well-travelled career.

The 30-year-old, who has played for clubs in his homeland, Italy, Germany and now England, has set his sights on moving outside of Europe when his Arsenal contract expires in 2021, by admitting that a move to Asia or the United States would appeal to him.

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Sokratis has impressed during his debut campaign with the Gunners and delivered an excellent display in the north London derby draw with Tottenham by effectively shackling Harry Kane throughout as well as an outstanding performance against Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium.

Considering he has been arguably the club’s best defender, Arsenal fans will not want to hear that Sokratis is already planning his future beyond the Emirates, although he insisted he wishes to honour the contract he signed in the summer which runs until 2021.

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Sokratis joined Arsenal in a deal worth a reported £18m from Borussia Dortmund last summer, and has made 19 Premier League appearances for Unai Emery’s side, playing a key role in their top-four push.

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