• Papastathopoulos gets added leverage to play football again
  • Arsenal cancels his contract, and Papastathopoulos could follow Ozil in Turkey
  • Multiple clubs are expected to make a bid for the Greek defender

Arsenal continues to be busy this transfer window although it has been more about parting with players who could be of better use to other clubs.

The latest player to be given some freedom is Sokratis Papastathopoulos. The Greek defender has long been rumored of leaving the Emirates Stadium, and it appears the Gunners have made it easier for the 32-year-old defender.

Per reports, Arsenal has canceled the contract of Papastathopoulos which gives him added flexibility in negotiating with other clubs.

There are several teams interested in the Greek standout, including Napoli, Genoa, Fenerbahce, Olympiacos and Real Betis.

“This gives Papa the freedom to negotiate a contract with a new club and return to action as soon as possible,” read an official statement from Arsenal.

Papastathopoulos also posted his official statement on social media and went on to say that it was an honor wearing the Arsenal uniform.

Moreover, he admitted that his stint with the Gunners was one of the most enjoyable times he had in his football career.

“One of the most enjoyable times in my career ended today. It has been an honour to wear the Arsenal shirt and I want to thank all the coaches, teammates, staff and fans around the world for the love and respect they have given me,” Sokratis said via Twitter.

Papastathopoulos could potentially be the next player who may have better luck playing elsewhere. The first one was Mesut Ozil who is on the verge of playing in the Turkish League with Fenerbahce.

Both sides are ironing out details and it may only be a matter of time before everything is made official.

As for Papastathopoulos, it would be added relief from his end. He was another player left out by head coach Mikel Arteta in the 25-man Premier League and Europa League squads last autumn and hardly got exposure last season.

He is set to end a two-and-a-half-year stint with Arsenal after he was acquired from Borussia Dortmund. He had 69 appearances for the Gunners.

Aside from the clubs mentioned as potential next stops for Papastathopoulos, he has ironically been linked to a possible move to Turkey. Italy and Spain are also possible stops, clearly showing that the Greek player is not short on options.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos (left) celebrates Arsenal's second goal against Manchester United
Sokratis Papastathopoulos (left) celebrates Arsenal's second goal against Manchester United AFP / Ben STANSALL