Sokratis says that the Arsenal defenders hear critics of their performances, and while he insists they have to do better, they don’t let the criticism affect them.
The Greek defender was speaking after the 3-1 win in the first leg of our Europa League semi-final against Valencia last night, which saw the Gunners go down a goal before taking control of the tie.
The win followed three successive Premier League defeats, something he was all too aware of.
“When you play at a team like Arsenal and you lose three games, of course you hear critics and you have to improve,” he said.
“We are here to improve, to give the best for the club, for the fans and for us also.
“I think that the biggest point is that we have to stay focused. We are a big family and we are all together, we stay all together.
“In one week, for example Koscielny makes a mistake or I make a mistake or Mustafi the same, Nacho too, we are people and not robots.”
The end game of this season though is to finish in the top four and/or win the Europa League because of what it means for next season’s campaign.
“Firstly, we want to to play in the Champions League. Of course I came here because I would like to play in the Champions League, I didn’t come here to play in the Europa League.
“At this moment I believe and I think only this – to play in the Champions League. We can go to the final and win the Europa League.”
Let’s hope so!