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Sokratis was Arsenal’s unsung hero in victory over Burnley

Sokratis was Arsenal’s unsung hero in victory over Burnley - Arsenal

Arsenal supporters have been in fine voice in recent times after seeing their team get back to winning ways in the Premier League on Saturday.

Unai Emery’s men went into their encounter with struggling Burnley off the back of defeats at the hands of Southampton and Tottenham in the preceding seven days, thus bringing to an end their incredible 22-match unbeaten run in all competitions. Yet the Gunners bounced back admirably at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday as a brace from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang alongside an Alex Iwobi strike inspired the hosts to a 3-1 success, in turn keeping them fifth in the Premier League table.

As such, there have been many thrilled Arsenal fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are likely to be heaping praise on striker Aubameyang for his match-winning contributions, which took his tally for the season to 14 in all competitions.

And with now 24 goals in just 37 games for the Gunners, it’s pretty clear that the 29-year-old will be vital in whatever success Emery’s side have this season, as will defender Sokratis, as the home side may well have struggled to get over the line on Saturday without the centre back’s outstanding display.

The Greece international made the move to the Emirates Stadium during the summer as Emery sought much-needed defensive reinforcements, and other than the odd unconvincing display, the 30-year-old has been absolutely superb.

And that was none-more-so evident than on Saturday against a physical and direct Burnley side, with the ex-Borussia Dortmund star winning all five of the aerial duels he contested over the course of the 90 minutes, as well as completing two of the three tackles he attempted (as per WhoScored).

And with one interception and a staggering team-high 11 clearances, the 30-year-old was invariably in the right place at the right time to deal with the threat posed by Sean Dyche’s side, whether that came from in the air or indeed on the floor.

Add in an extremely impressive pass success rate of 94%, completing 58 of the 62 passes he attempted, and the centre back also did his bit in trying to move the Gunners up the field, as well as provide some stability on the ball to again negate the attacking threat posed by the visitors.

Yes, Arsenal didn’t cover themselves in glory with their defending for the Burnley goal, but on the whole Sokratis and his fellow defenders did a fine job in helping the Gunners return to winning ways on Saturday – in fact, the Greek star was simply magnificent.

And while Aubameyang will rightly be praised for his exploits on Saturday, the hosts simply couldn’t have got the job done without the endeavours of £18 million-rated Sokratis (as per Transfermarkt).

Arsenal fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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