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Arsenal defender Sokratis: We made it too easy for Chelsea

PUBLISHED: 20:36 18 August 2018

Arsenal's Sokratis Papastathopoulos on the ball against Chelsea. PA

Arsenal's Sokratis Papastathopoulos on the ball against Chelsea. PA

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Arsenal centre-half Sokratis has said his side made it ‘too easy’ for Chelsea during the Gunners 3-2 defeat in the London derby at Chelsea on Saturday. Read on for what he had to say.

The former Borussia Dortmund defender has been speaking after the match in West London which saw Unai Emery’s side fall to the second defeat in two matches.

On the loss…

It was a difficult game. We didn’t start very well. For the first 20 minutes we were not playing as well as we wanted to be. After that we started to play. We missed a lot of chances but we managed to score two goals. In the end it difficult to find the goal to win the game. We didn’t score, they managed to and we lost.

On whether defensive mistakes cost us…

We didn’t defend very well in the first half, all the team. It was too easy for them to come into our half and score. After that, we started to play better, we pressed better, won a lot of balls in midfield and had chances. We had to score more because in the end we lost the game. We have to improve in the next game.

On it taking time to gel…

Of course. It’s difficult because we’ve changed a lot of things. We need to improve our work, how we defend, how we attack. We have to score from the chances we create and we have to look at taking those points into our next game.

Sokratis was speaking to Arsenal.com.

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