Towards the end of Arsene Wenger’s tenure at Arsenal, the club’s defensive issues were highlighted.
Shkodran Mustafi was one of the culprits who came under fire regularly from the supporters.
With Unai Emery at the helm, the Spaniard recruited Sokratis to bolster the back line.
The Greece international had started every Premier League game until this weekend when he was left out of the squad to take on Watford at the Emirates.
The 30-year-old was not risked by Emery after he recently suffered a dead leg against Everton.
Instead, Rob Holding partnered Mustafi at the heart of defence and he put in an impressive display in the 2-0 triumph on home soil.
Holding has made four appearances in all competitions, but only two of them have been in the Premier League and Saturday’s encounter was his first top-flight start of the campaign.
The 23-year-old’s performance has led some fans to suggest that he should continue at the back, but alongside Sokratis instead of Mustafi.
I thought rob holding was outstanding. Covered well for shaky mustafi
— Mr T. Bfc (@mrT_bfc) September 30, 2018
if we drop holding and not mustafi it’ll be a big mistake ?⚪️
— ?⚪️MÖ10?⚪️ (@BipolarGooner) September 30, 2018
And holding should be ahead of mustafi at the moment
— wilsy (@wil5y) September 30, 2018
When Sokratis comes back, it should be him and Holding at the back but I just highly doubt that will happen.
Mustafi is far too clumsy.
— ? (@ClinicalLacaz) September 30, 2018
Give Rob holding all that chance Mustafi got and we might not need another CB
— A C E B O O G I E (@hardeposi) September 30, 2018
If holding gets dropped when Sokratis is back and mustafi stays in. Also, outrageous.
— Twelly (@iAmTwelly) September 30, 2018
Bench mustafi and play holding and sokratis together https://t.co/tuiX6pH5Og
— FiqriRazak (@koerazak) September 30, 2018
Holding needs to be paired with Sokratis when he’s back and throw mustafi on the bench! Looks like he’s becoming a top CB
— Mike Edwards (@mike_ed21) September 30, 2018