“Why Arsenal fans must not expect much from Sokratis’ Sky sports Max Bielefeld

The attention of the Gunners fan base have been drawn to the obvious flaw  in the game of Arsenal new signing Sokratis Papastathopoulos.

The Greek defender joined Arsenal on the first day of this month as the third summer signing. He signed a three year deal with Arsenal following a £16million agreement between Arsenal and Borrussia Dortmund.

He is expected to slot into the Gunners first team squad and partner Shkodran Mustafi at the heart of defense.

However, there is a concern. Sky Germany’s Bundesliga expert Max Bielefeld has laid bare the flaws of the player as the fans brace themselves for the upcoming season.

“Sokratis Paspadapolous is a defender I imagine performing pretty well in the Premier League,” Bielefeld told the Transfer Talk podcast.

“He’s good in the one-on-one situations, he’s a good header of the ball, he’s really aggressive kind of defender.

“But he always has had his limits when it comes to playing the ball out the back, producing some play. You can’t compare him to Jerome Boateng who really likes to play the vertical passes from defence.

“He has some problems with the ball. Without the ball he is a really heavy defender.”

However, he further had so many positive things to say about the rock solid centre-back.

He added: “German strikers hated to play against him. They told us their whole body hurt after a match against Papastathopoulos.

“I think he will do very well at Arsenal. He’s a solid defender but don’t expect a new world-class defender at Arsenal.”

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