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Sokratis opens up on Watford mistake

Posted on September 17, 2019 by Harry Kettle

Arsenal defender Sokratis was having a fairly decent game against Watford at the weekend, and then, in the blink of an eye, one mistake changed all of that. Sokratis allowed the Hornets to make their way back into the game and while some fans are understandably upset, the man himself was more than happy to own up to the error – as confirmed by Arsenal.com.

on the game…
I think that I cost the game for the team. It was my mistake for something simple that I don’t have to do. I think this was the problem why we lose the three points.

on whether it was his responsibility…
Yes of course.

on whether playing out from the back is the issue…
No, no, no. This is all about our responsibility and we have to do better. It was my mistake and today without my mistake, we would take the three points.

on whether he apologised…
Of course. I apologised because I cost the game for the team and I have to work harder. I know up to this moment I didn’t have a mistake, I didn’t do nothing. Everything was near too perfect. But defence is no risk and today it was my mistake.

on why we struggled in the second half…
This is because we didn’t have the same pace in the second half as in the first half. But if we didn’t do these mistakes, I don’t think we draw. Of course they had other chances to score more, but if we didn’t do these mistakes then nothing happens.

on whether we should be playing better as a team…
No, no. I don’t want to speak about others. Today it was my mistake and this cost the game. Nothing else. The other guys tried their best. I don’t have to do this mistake.

on Mesut Ozil’s return to the side…
He played good. It’s a player that we need.

As long as Sokratis is able to re-focus his attention on the situation at hand with the Gunners, then there’s no issue. They need to get back to winning ways at some point over the course of the next week or so, because if they don’t, then even more questions are going to be asked of the defensive situation at Arsenal. Given what’s happened recently, we can’t say that we blame the critics.

What are your thoughts on Sokratis’ apology?

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