Sokratis may have bagged a goal last night but his overall performance, like that of all his teammates, was well below-par as Arsenal fell to a damaging 3-1 defeat at Wolves.
Back from a two-game suspension, the Greek international struggled all game to cope with the pace and movement of the home side’s attackers and looked particularly culpable when he pulled out of a challenge on Diogo Jota as the Portuguese netted the third goal in first-half stoppage time.
It was a bad night. And the centre-back knows it. After the game, he made clear he wouldn’t make excuses before laying down the gauntlet to Unai Emery’s squad to secure three wins from the three remaining Premier League challenges.
“It’s not time to find excuses,” he told Arsenal.com. “We have to look at the next three games where we need to win all three to get nine points. We’ll see if we can be in the top four. I trust my team 100 per cent, all of the players. I think we can do it.
“There’s not a bad mentality – we won two away games in the last 10 days. [But] we all take responsibility. We’re not stupid and we know that we didn’t play well. We now have three chances and we have to win all the games.
“Of course [we get angry]. The players want to play in the Champions League, we like winning and we want to be there. It’s not easy. Today was a bad moment for us. We cannot change it now because the game is finished, so now we look towards the next game.
“It’s a difficult game. We know that now the chance could go, so we have to take the three points in all three games. I hope that we win on Sunday.”
While our fate is currently out of our own hands, we could regain control of our destiny by the end of Sunday.
If we can avoid defeat at Leicester (LOL) and Manchester United beat Chelsea later in the afternoon, we’ll climb to fourth place again either level on points with Blues and with a better goal difference or two points clear of both.
It’s amazing how many chances we keep getting to cock things up.