Sokratis drops hint over Arsenal future after starring in Portsmouth win

Arsenal defender Sokratis
Sokratis has scored three goals this season (Picture: Getty Images)

Arsenal defender Sokratis has hinted that if he doesn’t get enough game time under boss Mikel Arteta, he could leave the club before his contract expires.

The 31-year-old is approaching the final year of his Gunners deal, which is due to expire at the end of the 2020/2021 campaign.

The Greece international has played a bit-part role in the side since the arrival of Spanish coach Arteta, and refused to commit to his future at the club.

Sokratis told ‘I have one more year here but me, I never sit on my contract.

‘I don’t care. If I’m not happy, I don’t play enough or the coach doesn’t like me, I don’t care about the contract.

‘For me the money is not important, it is important I feel good, I feel happy and the team is happy with me. If not, I take the road and I finish.’

When asked if he could see himself staying at Arsenal beyond next season, Sokratis failed to give a definitive answer.

He replied: ‘I don’t know. I don’t think about it, I think every day to be happy and help the team and in the end we will see but what I say is that I am not a player who sits on a contract – I don’t need it.’

‘I don’t know if I did enough or if people wait for more from me but what I look for is to give 100 per cent for them and the team and to win every game.’

The Gunners bounced back from their disappointing Europa League defeat to Olympiacos, beating Portsmouth 2-0 in the FA Cup on Monday night.

Arteta’s side scored either side of half-time, with Sokratis and 20-year-old Eddie Nketiah getting on the scoresheet.

Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta
Arteta has favoured Luiz and Mustafi as a centre-back pairing (Picture: Getty Images)

The former Borussia Dortmund defender added: ‘It’s important that we won because what happened in the Europa League was very bad for us and especially for me. This game was very important for me and I was very disappointed.

‘When you win the first game you wait that you can have the ticket for the next round. Olympiacos played also better, maybe not better but also very good and they won.

‘This is football. Today was a good response. We have arrived as far as possible.

‘Now we have to push also in the league because there’s not space to leave there.’

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