Sokratis Papastathopoulos has taken to Twitter to apologise to fans for his role in the draw with Watford. Arsenal were 2-0 up and cruising against Watford before imploding in the second-half and drawing 2-2.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had given the Gunners an early 2-0 lead at Vicarage Road. But Watford came back later in the game, scoring twice in the second-half with goals from Tom Cleverley and Roberto Pereyra.
Unai Emery will rue individual mistakes as Arsenal capitulated in this fixture. Sokratis was entirely to blame for the first goal as he gave the ball away in the penalty area for Cleverley to slot home.
This brought Watford back into the game and the equaliser came with less than 10 minutes left to play. David Luiz was at fault this time as he tripped Pereyra in the box. Pereyra then converted the penalty and Watford had late chances to win.
After the game, Sokratis told his followers on social media that he feels responsible for the poor result. He said: “Today’s result is not good for us. 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.”
Individual errors cost Arsenal last season and things have not improved. Sokratis’ mistake was unforgivable at such a crucial stage of the game but at least he has the decency to admit his error.
Emery will be eager for Rob Holding to get back to full fitness. This gives the Gunners another option in defence as Sokratis and Luiz continue to struggle. Something has to change.