Sokratis believes Arsenal have to win at least four more games this season to stand a chance of finishing in the Premier League’s top four.
Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Everton saw the Gunners squander an opportunity to return to third place in the table and means just three points separate the four teams chasing league leaders Manchester City and Liverpool.
Next up, sandwiched between the Europa League double-header with Napoli, the Gunners face a tricky trip to FA Cup finalists Watford. After that, further tough away days await with clashes against Wolves, Leicester and Burnley likely to make or break our domestic Champions League ambitions.
Having picked up a tenth booking of the season at Goodison Park, Sokratis is now frustratingly suspended for the next two games. All the same, he’s laid down the gauntlet to his teammates.
“We need to win at least another four games and then we will see if we are in the top four,” the Greek international told BT Sport.
The 30-year-old also tackled the thorny issue of Arsenal’s awful form on the road. Rather than admit it’s a problem specific to N5, he pointed out that other clubs are having similar problems away from home comforts.
“I don’t think [it’s a mental problem] because if you see big teams like United and Chelsea they also lost a lot of points,” he said.
“It is very difficult. We are in the Premier League and the other teams are strong.
“I don’t have a reason. Other teams are the same, some days good, some days bad. We have to improve and look towards the next game.”