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Arsenal on Wednesday announced they had reached an agreement with defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos to cancel the remaining six months of his Emirates deal.

Sokratis, 32, last played in March for the Gunners and was not included this season in Mikel Arteta’s Premier League squad.

“Working closely with Sokratis and his team, we have decided to cancel his contract by mutual consent,” Arsenal said in a statement.

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“This gives Papa the freedom to negotiate a contract with a new club and return to action as soon as possible.”

Sokratis joined from Borussia Dortmund in July 2018 as one of former Arsenal boss Unai Emery’s first signings.

He made 69 appearances for the club and was part of August’s FA Cup-winning side.

His departure is the latest move from Arteta and technical director Edu to streamline a bloated squad during the January transfer window.

“On behalf of Mikel, our coaches, players and everyone at the club, I would like to thank Papa for his contribution to the club,” said Edu.

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