Arsenal and Sokratis Papastathopolous' camp mutually agreed to terminate his contract on Wednesday.
Whilst the 32 year old had fallen out of favour with the current squad due to his age and inability to fit into boss Mikel Arteta's style of play, he was a beacon of solidarity at times. Sky Sports Italy report that Real Betis, Sevilla and Genoa are all keen on signing the veteran.
Brought in to replace the ageing Per Mertesacker, Sokratis joined the club from Borussia Dortmund for £17Million and made his debut in August of 2018, playing against Manchester City in the Community Shield. He made 40 appearances in all competitions in his first season with the Gunners.
Despite him drifting from Arteta's 2020/21 squad, the Greek international captain made five appearances in Arsenal's 2019/20 FA Cup campaign that saw them win the competition. He came on as a substitute in the final against Frank Lampard's Chelsea.
Recovering from a slight knee problem that saw him miss some games at the beginning of the Gunners' first season under new boss Emery, he came back to start in a Europa League victory over Azerbajani outfit FK Qarabag in October.
He scored a goal following a corner and kept a clean sheet in a game which saw current potential star Emile Smith-Rowe score his first professional goal for the club.
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The defender scored the goal that sealed the victory against Ole Gunnar Solskjær's visiting side with a sweet close range volley, peeling away to celebrate a triumphant win with his teammates.
Beating Man United was so crucial to the Gunners that season as they ended a run of seven home games without a win at the Emirates since beating Vitória Guimarães in the Europa League group stage.
Goalkeeper Bernd Leno will have been the most thankful for 'Papa' on that day, as his defender in front of him stifled any attacks or possession that united came up with in the final third.