Arsenal's Sokratis Papastathopoulos looks dejected after conceding their first goal v Watford
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Total Duds: Sokratis is proving to be a flop for Arsenal since 2018 move

This article forms part of our Total Duds feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.

Sokratis was signed by Arsenal back in the summer of 2018 for £17.7m (per the Guardian), and back then there was some hope the experience with Borussia Dortmund could help the north London club from the likes of Ian Wright via HITC at the time. However, it’s proved the club paid far too much for a defender, whose lack of concentration and quality is proving to be a disastrous cocktail.

His tendency to act rash in a challenge and inability to sense danger means he has, more often than not, proved a hindrance rather than a help.

Last season, Sokratis averaged the second-most fouls per game of any Arsenal player, which is extremely confusing given his mature age and vast experience across Europe for a number of clubs.

You can think of two moments this year, where the Greece international has failed to assess a situation or take the potential dangers into account, costing the club points. In the game against Watford, he played a mindless ball straight to goalscorer Tom Cleverly in an attempt to play out of the back rather than doing the sensible thing and clearing the ball  (via BBC).

In the recent game against Wolverhampton Wanderers, Sokratis’ concentration was under question again for the equalising goal. With Joao Moutinho having looped the ball into the box, it remained in the air for what seemed an age. The centre-back failed to make any attempt to try and head the ball, instead, allowing it to go over his head for Raul Jimenez to score from directly behind him (via BBC).

From a statistical point-of-view, things don’t get much better for the 31-year-old, who has shown his huge lack of quality. Sokratis averages over 1.5 in just one of the eight defensive categories used to assess players on WhoScored.com this campaign, suggesting a lack of balance in his game.

Indeed, pundits such as Jamie Carragher and Alan Shearer have slammed him during his time in England, making it a fairly unhappy spell on these shores for the Greek.

Sokratis has been far from the main problem over the course of his career at the club, however, he is proving to be a centre-back, who is a liability with a lack of quality, and can thus be labelled as a ‘total dud’.

Arsenal fans, what do you make of Sokratis’ time at the club? Let us know your thoughts!

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Total Duds: Sokratis is proving to be a flop for Arsenal since 2018 move
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