Arsenal’s players, not the manager or system, are to blame for heavy Wolves defeat, insists Sokratis

Arsenal's players, not the manager or system, are to blame for heavy Wolves defeat, insists Sokratis

Sokratis Papastathopoulos has said Arsenal’s players must shoulder the blame for the dismal 3-1 defeat by Wolverhampton Wanderers that severely damaged their hopes of finishing in the top four.

The Arsenal defender said the defeat had nothing to do with Unai Emery’s team selection or the formation at Molineux, where they conceded three first-half goals against a rampant Wolves.

Sokratis said Arsenal must now win their final three games of the season – against Leicester City, Brighton and Burnley – if they are to reach the Premier League’s top four.

Wolves were dangerous throughout the game on the counter-attack and Arsenal are likely to face a similar threat against Leicester this weekend.

“It is another difficult game,” said Sokratis. “We know that another chance has gone so we have to take the points.

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