Unai Emery has been told to sell off Greek centre-back
Sokratis Papastathopoulos, this is according to reports.
Since the arrival of Emery at the Emirates, we have seen a marginal improvement in the display of the squad but the defence has remained leaky and too penetrable.
The Gunners conceded 51 goals in League last season and so far, they have conceded only one less with a game to go. Emery has been ordered to improved his backline but it appears that he can only achieve that if he adds a top-notch centre-back to his side.
While Shkodran Mustafi has been fingered for some of the defeats of Arsenal, Sokratis has incurred the wrath of club’s board and they want to do away with him. That’s a huge surprise.
Mark Lawrenson reports via Starsports that:
“Sokratis is not good enough,” he exclusively told Starsport. “Not good enough for where Arsenalneed to be.
“Don’t get me wrong, he’s an okay player, but not good enough for that level.
“Arsenal were arguably the best English club side I’ve ever seen [during the 2003/04 Invincibles campaign]
“But strikers win you games and defenders win you titles. It’ll never change.”
Sokratis arrived Arsenal from Borrussia Dortmund last season in a
£18m move but nothing has changed despite his aggressive style of football.
Several players including Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan have been put on the market for sale.