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‘Terrible’, ‘needs more time’: Arsenal fans react to new signing’s performance

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‘Terrible’, ‘needs more time’: Arsenal fans react to new signing’s performance

The experienced defender is one of Unai Emery’s five summer signings.

Arsenal have invested heavily in their squad this summer but the signing of Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund raised eyebrows.

The 30-year-old arrived as Head of Recruitment Sven Mislintat’s latest former Dortmund man at the Emirates Stadium, following the captures of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan in January, but, unlike that pair, has not made waves.

Signed for a fee which The Guardian says is worth £17.7m, the experienced defender arrives as the third-most expensive player of Unai Emery’s five summer signings and has a long way to go if he is to prove himself with the Gunners.

In a pre-season clash with Chelsea in Dublin last night, Sokratis struggled against Maurizio Sarri’s side and the Greece international was singled out for criticism on social media – with many fans expressing they do not fancy him to be a decent acquisition.

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The Gunners fell behind to Antonio Rudiger’s header and saw Petr Cech save a penalty against his former employers, before Alexandre Lacazette scored a last-gasp equaliser to set-up victory for Unai Emery’s side via a penalty shoot-out in Arsenal’s penultimate pre-season match.

With just over a week to go until Emery’s first Premier League game against defending champions Manchester City, fans have expressed their concerns about Sokratis’ performance and whether he should start against the Citizens.

However, other supporters gave their backing to the new arrival and believe he just needs time to develop a partnership with another centre-back who attracted criticism last term – Germany international Shkodran Mustafi.

With Laurent Koscielny injured for the beginning of the new campaign, Arsenal will need Sokratis to hit the ground running but the assessment from fans on social media suggests that he has a lot to prove in north London.

Here, we have assembled some of the best reactions from Arsenal supporters on Twitter.

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