Arsenal defender, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, has said he was responsible for the team’s defensive collapse against Watford in the Premier League on Sunday.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s first-half brace appeared the Gunners would run off with victory, only for the home team to launch a comeback in the wake of the visitors’ chaotic defence.
Sokratis gifted possession to Gerard Deulofeu, while the London side wanted to play from the back. Tom Cleverley punished the Greece international by converting as a result to pull a goal back.
David Luiz then tripped Roberto Pereyra inside the box, and the substitute converted from the spot to level the scores at 2-2.
Coach Unai Emery, after the game, refused to criticise his players, but the defender has admitted he cost the club all three points following his 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.
“This is all about our responsibility and we have to do better. It was my mistake and today without my mistake, we would take the three points.
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“I don’t want to speak about others. Today it was my mistake and this cost the game. Nothing else. The other guys tried their best. I don’t have to do this mistake.”
Watford had 31 shots on goal during the game, dominating play after the interval.
“Of course. I apologised because today I cost the game for the team and I have to work harder,” he added.
“I know up to this moment I didn’t have a mistake, I didn’t do nothing. Everything was near to perfect. We didn’t have the same pace in the second half as in the first half.
“But if we didn’t do these mistakes, I don’t think we draw. Of course they had other chances to score more, but if we didn’t do these mistakes then nothing happens.”
The result presented a welcome back package to Quique Sanchez, who took over at the Hornets days before the game, following Javi Gracia’s sacking.