Arsenal's Sokratis produced some of the worst play acting you'll ever see vs Aston Villa

Arsenal's Sokratis took playacting to a new level versus Aston Villa

It really isn't easy being an Arsenal fan right now.

After a summer full of optimism, instigated by an impressive summer transfer window, there are now the familiar moans and groans from the Gunners faithful.

And those moans and groans were as loud as ever today, despite Arsenal coming from behind with 10-men to beat Aston Villa 3-2.

Following their dismal second-half performance in the 2-2 draw with Watford, the Gunners managed to seal a priceless three points despite a pretty inept display.

John McGinn and Wesley scored the goals for the visitors, while Ainsley Maitland-Niles was sent off in the first-half for two yellow cards.

Nicolas Pepe scored his first goal for Arsenal from the penalty spot, with second-half substitute Calum Chambers equalising late in the day.

And then Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang stepped up to win the game, curling home a beautiful free-kick to send the Emirates crazy.

It was an undeserved three points, but Emery will take whatever he can get right now.

Aubameyang celebrates his winning goal

Arsenal were once again shocking at the back and Sokratis Papastathopoulos managed to sink to a new low in the first-half.

That's because the Greek defender produced one of the most pathetic pieces of playacting we've seen for quite some time.

VAR should be allowed to intervene here to punish Sokratis!


There's only one word for it: Embarrassing.

Emery's insistence on playing Sokratis week in week out has baffled Arsenal fans for some time now, particularly after Calum Chambers' impressive performances this season.

Arsenal have kept just two clean sheets all season - against Newcastle and Eintracht Frankfurt - and the Englishman played the full 90 minutes in both.

However, once Rob Holding is available for first-team duty again, Sokratis could find himself warming the bench on match days.

Sokratis' days in the Arsenal starting XI are surely numbered

Prior to his serious knee injury, the former Bolton Wanderers man had established himself as the club's defensive leader.

Add in Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney and there could be reason for some optimism for Arsenal going forward.

But right now, think look as bleak as ever and questions about Emery's job will continue to be asked for quite some time.

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