Southampton vs Arsenal: Arteta warns Gunners to learn from Ozil, Sokratis mistakes
Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has warned the club to learn their lessons from having to offload Mesut Ozil and Sokratis Papastathopoulos.
Ozil was the highest-earning player at the Emirates with his £350,000-per-week deal, but is set to join Fenerbahce after his contract was cancelled six months early.
Earlier this week, Sokratis also had his deal terminated by mutual consent.
Both players remained on Arsenal’s books, despite being excluded from both the Premier League and Europa League squads.
Arteta has now urged the club to manage their players’ contract situations better in the future.
“You don’t want to get into this position again, that’s for sure.
“Not for the player, not for the club.
“I think you have to have that communication open, obviously to prevent it as much as possible and if they happen, just make a decision and don’t try to delay a situation that is not working for much longer,” Arteta said.