Arsenal fans are becoming more and more pleased with the performance level of Sokratis Papastathopoulos, who was criticised by many on Twitter for his displays during pre-season, after another solid showing on Thursday night against Vorskla in the Europa League.
Some people have suggested he should’ve been handed the man of the match award instead of striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who scored two goals as Arsenal claimed a 4-2 win.
The Greece international, who earns £90,000-a-week according to Total Sportek, made a number of good sliding tackles against the Ukrainian outfit, much to the delight of the Arsenal fans who have seen some fragile defending in recent times. Papastathopoulos has started all of Arsenal matches so far this season, linking up with Shkodran Mustafi in the Premier League.
On Thursday evening, however he started next to 23-year-old Rob Holding and together the two looked rock solid until the 76th minute, when Vorskla got on the scoresheet before adding a second in the final seconds of the match.
Papastathopoulos, nonetheless, has been showing a strong level of consistency and commitment since he joined the Gunners from Borussia Dortmund in the summer and will undoubtedly have a strong influence on how the club’s season plays out.
Here are some of the Twitter reactions by Arsenal fans:
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— nidal (@nidmor_nidal) September 21, 2018
Sokratis is growing on me. Then again, I said the same thing about Squillaci.
— Terje (@ArsenalTerje) September 20, 2018
Love how the arsenals opinions on sokratis have changed
— Joshua Kasimatis (@15Kas1j) September 20, 2018
Sokratis with a lovely sliding tackle to bail out Monreal, who had given the ball away poorly in #Arsenal‘s half. For all the noise people made about not liking his transfer, he’s been solid so far.
— The Short Fuse (@TheShortFuse) September 20, 2018
Every time I see Sokratis he looks better and better. He’s reading the game very well and is as streetwise a defender as I’ve seen at Arsenal in quite a while (though that’s a rather low bar).
— James Benge (@jamesbenge) September 20, 2018
— Timo-Pekko Nieminen 🇳🇬🇨🇦 (@dejazimako007) September 20, 2018
Sokratis is World Class
— Arsenal Centro (@ArsenalCentro) September 20, 2018
Sokratis has been solid for Arsenal so far. Further reiterating the fact that Dortmund as a unit were a mess last season. Individually, Sokratis has won most challenges he’s gone into. Very encouraging start to his Arsenal career. A partnership with Koscielny would be ideal. #AFC
— Jagjeet Singh (@JagjeetSUberoi) September 21, 2018
Sokratis has been a superb signing. So happy with him #Arsenal
— Kazzoff (@Kazzoff1) September 20, 2018