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Friday 13 December 2019

Sokratis takes the blame

Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos
Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos

Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos insists he is solely responsible for allowing Watford to come from two goals down and earn a draw against the Gunners on Sunday.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's first-half brace appeared to have Arsenal on course for victory, only for the Hornets to welcome Quique Sanchez Flores back into the Vicarage Road dugout by staging a comeback as the visitors' defence crumbled.

The game eventually finished 2-2 as Sokratis gifted possession to Gerard Deulofeu with Unai Emery's side looking to play out from the back - Tom Cleverley punishing the Greece international by converting as a result.

Things went from bad to worse when David Luiz tripped Roberto Pereyra inside the box and the substitute converted the resulting penalty to level the scores.

Sokratis said the buck stopped with him following his costly error. "I think that I cost the game for the team," he said. "It was my mistake for something simple that I don't have to do. I think this was the problem why we lose the three points."

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