On Thursday night, Arsenal defeated Sporting Clube de Portugal 1-0 in the Europa League, thanks to a dreadful error by former Liverpool and Sunderland centre-half Sebastian Coates.
The defender’s abysmal performance will come as no surprise to supporters of both Coates’ former English clubs, who know all too well how the Uruguayan can be suspect at the back.
With the match finely poised at 0-0 against the Gunners, a simple through ball came in from Lucas Torreira and was dummied by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. When it reached Coates at the heart of the Sporting defence, the centre-back inexplicably stuck a lazy foot out and played Danny Welbeck clean through.
After an initial slip, Coates had no chance of catching up to the English international, and Welbeck calmly slotted home to give Arsenal all three points.
The personal error was a devastating blow for the Uruguayan international, representing the latest downward turn in his career.
Once a promising defensive prospect at Liverpool, Coates failed to make the grade at Anfield and was offloaded to Sunderland. He also could not make himself an integral squad member at the Stadium of Light and was sent on loan to Portugal, and later permanently signed by the Lisbon club.
Based on Thursday’s performance, Sebastian Coates is still haunted by his penchant for high-profile mistakes, and Sunderland and Liverpool supporters alike will be delighted they have seen the last of the defender.