Arsenal boss Unai Emery has spoken of his own frustration at the woeful form shown by his charges in the past two games that have left the Gunners’ hopes of a top four spot in the Premier League in severe jeopardy.
But it seems Spanish coach Emery isn’t the only one who is angry at the poor displays of late as Arsenal head into what has become a vital top-flight game at Leicester City on Sunday.
Emery’s outfit must somehow put the recent defeat at home to Crystal Palace and away to Wolves behind them and fully focus on the job in hand this weekend at the home of the Foxes, the King Power Stadium. Then it is back to Europa League action for the Gunners when they host Valencia at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday, May 2 in the first leg of the semi-final of the Europa League. But first they go up against Brendan Rodgers’ side — and Greek central defender Sokratis has vowed to eradicate the errors that have littered performances of late.
Sokratis, who netted the consolation goal for the north London outfit in the 3-1 reverse at Wolves midweek, told the club’s official website: “I think we lost some easy balls. We already knew that they were a very good team on the counter-attack but for 20 or 25 minutes we were playing well. We had control of the game, possession of the ball, but they played very well on the counter-attack.
“It’s not time to find excuses. We have to look at the next three games where we need to win all three to get nine points. We’ll see if we can be in the top four. I trust my team 100 per cent, all of the players. I think we can do it.
“There’s not a bad mentality – we won two away games in the last 10 days. But we all take responsibility. We’re not stupid and we know that we didn’t play well. We now have three chances and we have to win all the games.
“Of course, we get angry. The players want to play in the Champions League, we like winning and we want to be there. It’s not easy. It was a bad moment for us. We cannot change it now because the game is finished, so now we look towards the next game.
“It’s a difficult game. We know that now the chance could go, so we have to take the three points in all three games. I hope that we win on Sunday.”
Meanwhile, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is in contention to make the squad for the trip to the East Midlands. The striker had a small procedure on a sinus which went well and he is being assessed ahead of Sunday’s encounter. However, Aaron Ramsey, who pulled up with a hamstring injury in the win against Napoli in the Europa League quarter-final, is still undergoing treatment and will miss the game.