Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson has laid into Sokratis’ ability on the ball after the Greek defender cost the Gunners a goal against Watford at Vicarage Road yesterday.
The £92,000-a-week (Spotrac) man gave the Hornets a route back into the match when he played a horribly slack pass out from defence.
And as per Sky Sports, Merson said: “The manager got it horribly wrong. I couldn’t believe he brought Ozil off. Who else is going to open up a team bar him?
“To get Sokratis to play out from the back… the lad can’t play. He’s not David Luiz. No way can Sokratis play the same way. They need to play three at the back as they’re not good enough to play a four. Sometimes these players think they’re something special and won’t be closed down – it’s pathetic.”
TBR’s View – Three at the back wouldn’t prevent Arsenal’s slack passing from the back
Arsenal made a rod for their own back yesterday because they were wedded to the style of passing out from the back but their passes were incredibly sloppy.
That was an abject combination and Sokratis in particular allowed Watford to have a sniff of a game that should have been dead and buried.
Playing three at the back wouldn’t do much to cut out silly errors or slack passing, all it would likely do is rob them of an attacking outlet further up the pitch.