Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos says he is solely responsible for allowing Watford to emerge from two goals down to earn a draw.
The first-half double of pierre-Emerick Aubameyang seemed to possess Arsenal on track for success, only for Quique Sanchez Flores back into the Vicarage Road dugout to be welcomed by the Hornets by staging a comeback as the visitors’ defence crumbled.
The game ended 2-2 because Papastathopoulos ownership to Gerard Deulofeu together with the unwanted seeking to play from the rear of Unai Emery – Tom Cleverley penalizing the Greece international by switching as a outcome.
Things went from bad to worse when the penalty to level the scores was converted by David Luiz tripped Roberto Pereyra within the box along with the substitute.
Head trainer Emery refused to criticise his players, even while captain Granit Xhaka maintained they were”scared” at the second half.
But Sokratis, signed from Borussia Dortmund past summer, stated:”I believe that I cost the game for the team. It was my mistake to get something easy that I don’t need to perform.
“I feel this was the issue why we shed the 3 points. This is about our duty and we have to do. It was today and my mistake without my error, we’d take the three points.
“I do not want to speak about other people. It was my mistake and this price the match. Nothing else. Their very best tried. I do not have to perform this mistake.”
Watford had 31 shots on target with Sokratis admitting Arsenal were not up to scratch in the next 45 minutes, throughout the match as they dominated after the interval.
“Obviously. I apologised because today I cost the game for the group and I must work harder,” he added.
“I know up to this instant I didn’t possess a mistake, I did not do nothing. Everything was close to ideal. We didn’t have precisely the pace in the second half as in the first halfof the
“But if we did not do these mistakes, I do not believe we draw. Of course they had other chances to score more, but when we did not do these mistakes then nothing happens.”
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