Some Arsenal fans have criticised defender Sokratis, after the defender seemingly downplayed the importance of the captaincy.
The former Borussia Dortmund has insisted it ‘doesn’t matter’ who skippers the team, because they are all ‘like a family’.
The armband has changed hands at the Emirates following Granit Xhaka’s behaviour against Crystal Palace, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang now the official club captain.
The Gabonese hitman heads a group of captains consisting of Hector Bellerin, Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Ozil.
Speaking about Unai Emery’s choice of Aubameyang, Sokratis said (Telegraph): “I think it is the first time he is a captain. For me it’s important that Aubameyang first has to score, he has to do his work. The captaincy or who has this [armband] on the pitch, I don’t think it is very important.
“He [Aubameyang] is a very good guy. [But] who has the captaincy is not very important. It is important that all the team is good in the dressing room. We are like a family. In the end, who brings to the pitch the captaincy is the last thing.”
Arsenal fans react
The £92,000-a-week Greek star’s (Spotrac) comments have not gone down particularly well, with a large number of fans not buying into Emery’s ‘captains group’ idea.
Coming from a set of fans who have previously seen big characters like Tony Adams and Patrick Vieira wear the armband, they feel the captaincy is a big honour and should be a role cherished by the man wearing the armband.
It is a position that should be respected by all players in the team, and some feel Sokratis’ take suggests the wrong mentality:
Unbelievable 🤦♀️ pic.twitter.com/tCNDt7MtS6
— annienelson (@apnelson1) 8 November 2019
Sums up the mentality of these players. They’re here for a busman’s holiday & they don’t like that they’re being challenged by the fans for their commitment. Mustafa saying we need to be calm post match in Portugal too. No, we need to increase the pressure and see whose up for it
— Robbie Morse 🏴🇬🇧 (@MusketeerRobbie) 8 November 2019
Don’t like this from Sokratis. First of all, should be backing Auba as captain. Secondly, downplays the importance of a captain. There needs to be a leader on the pitch and ultimately someone that all the other players will listen to. Perhaps that’s what we’re missing. https://t.co/AbkH9V62OY
— Darren (@DF_Arsenal2) 8 November 2019
Having 5 captains makes a mockery of the role.
— Ivor Cannon (@ivorcannon) 8 November 2019
Not just that, he’s undermining the manager.
— chris toronyi (@christoronyi) 8 November 2019
How can Sokratis be saying captaincy doesn’t matter😄😄😄😄
— Mr Chiongotere🇿🇼 (@MrChiongotere) 8 November 2019
Sokratis: “Captaincy isn’t important”
— Christian (@stillycrizzy) 8 November 2019
Sokratis coming out saying the captaincy thing is not that important speaks volumes about the current culture at our club.
— JAY B AFC (@jayjames4) 8 November 2019
Perhaps someone could tell Sokratis what’s expected of him too? Might be the player that needs most reminding tbh https://t.co/2mZQdQh69C
— Adeeb (@_____adeeb) 8 November 2019
@UnaiEmery_ @Arsenal if it true what we read in media about comments made by Sokratis… then I am not surprised this is where we are at Arsenal. Why can’t he just shut up if he doesn’t have anything positive to say,than to put his boot in his mouth.@SokratisPapa5
— Wellington Mutizwa (@babamatifadza) 8 November 2019