ARSENAL manager Mikel Arteta has reportedly told Sokratis Papastathopoulos that he no longer has a future at the club.
football.london claims that the Spaniard has bluntly told the 32-year-old that he will not be required next season.
The report adds that Arteta believes Sokratis does not fit his tactical plan and he will not play significant games under him.
Yet his stance has not prompted the Greek defender to consider leaving Arsenal and he hopes he can change his head coach’s mind.
Sokratis still has a year left on his contract and his attitude in training means that he won’t be frozen out of the squad like Matteo Guendouzi.
However only a severe injury crisis would see him restored to Arsenal’s starting line-up.
Sokratis’ sole Premier League league appearance since Arteta was appointed in December came against West Ham in March.
The former Borussia Dortmund star was then an unused substitute for the final eight games of the campaign.
His solitary minute of football since Arsenal returned to action came as a late substitute in the FA Cup win at Sheffield United last month.
Arteta boasts a number of centre-backs in his squad, and still has William Saliba returning to the side from his loan spell at Saint-Etienne.
Pablo Mari’s loan spell from Flamengo was turned into a permanent stay, while David Luiz has also signed a new deal.
Arsenal remain keen on further defensive reinforcements, with Lille centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes said to be on their radar.
Speaking after his side beat Watford 3-2 in their final Prem match, Arteta said: “At the back we are really, really short.
“[We have] three central defenders that are not available and we haven’t had them available for a long time anyway during this season. We will have to address that.”