Arsenal have terminated Sokratis Papastathopoulos’ contract by mutual consent.
Sokratis joined the Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund in July 2018 for an undisclosed fee and went on to make 69 appearances.
He helped Mikel Arteta’s men win the FA Cup last August – with the final against Chelsea proving to be the Greece international’s last first-team appearance for Arsenal.
In a statement, the Gunners said: “Working closely with Sokratis and his team, we have decided to cancel his contract by mutual consent.
“This gives Papa the freedom to negotiate a contract with a new club and return to action as soon as possible.”
Sokratis was out of contract at the Emirates Stadium this summer and technical director Edu sent his thanks to the departing defender.
“On behalf of Mikel, our coaches, players and everyone at the club, I would like to thank Papa for his contribution to the club,” Edu said.
“He has been an important part of our group and has been a model professional throughout. The negotiations to end his contract have been collaborative and we wish Papa and his family well for the future.”