Sokratis says Arsenal’s inability to find a ‘last pass’ proved to be their downfall against West Ham as Unai Emery’s men lost further ground in the race for a top four finish.
Saturday’s 1-0 defeat, coupled with results elsewhere leaves the Gunners six points adrift of Chelsea and level on points with Manchester United over whom we’d recently held an eight point advantage.
As disappointing as the result was, the fact we created so little in attack was equally concerning, something the Greek defender picked up on.
“It is not about the two shots on target,” he told the Evening Standard.
“Look at how many chances we would have had if we had done better with the last pass.
“Look at how many chances we had to make the last pass. This is the problem.
“I think we did not have what we had in the other games. We did not control the game better than them.”
Arsenal face Chelsea at the Emirates on Saturday knowing a win would once again reignite their hopes of earning a Champions League place via the league.
It is, in no uncertain terms, a must-win game.
“If we want to be in the top four we have to work together,” noted Sokratis.
“Chelsea is another game and we have to regroup — a lot — if we want to do something. It will be a difficult game but if we want to be up there, we have to win.
“We did not play well [against West Ham]. All the team was not like the last games. We have to work, we have to look at what our mistakes were and improve for the next games.”
Beating the Blues would certainly be a welcome confidence boost given we’ve also got a massive FA Cup clash with United and a trip to Manchester City coming up.