Following his error against Watford which handed the Hornets their opening goal, Sokratis has made an apology to fans after the Gunners 2-2 draw at Vicarage Road.
The Greek international’s pass from a goal kick was intercepted by Gerard Deulofeu, then spanked into the net by Tom Cleverly, and after that Arsenal went to pieces and were lucky to hang on for a point.
Having led 2-0 at the break, the mistake came at a most inopportune moment, and this evening the former Borussia Dortmund man held his hands up via social media.
“Today’s result is not good for us,” he said via Twitter.
“I feel responsible for this result, so I would like to apologise to all of you. I don’t like to hide, and I will keep working hard in order to achieve our goals.”
There’s no excusing a player of that experience doing something so fundamentally wrong, but at least he’s owned up to it.
We also have to look at the team’s insistence at playing it short from goal kicks all the time, something which invited pressure and which Watford looked to exploit.
It was something their players specifically referenced in the post-game interview, and when asked about it afterwards, Unai Emery sounded as if this was something he was keen to continue.
“After their goal we tried once more and we broke their lines and we get into the attacking third with space,” he said.
“We didn’t achieve good chances in less moments we did that, but we need to repeat and we need also to have the capacity and to improve with be able to break when the teams want to press us like today, Watford was doing that.”
So there you go.