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Pretty much a done deal that he will be Arsenal`s first signing of the summer. He has earned it and I cannot wait to see it. 

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Yeah Arsenal really needs him as well....they are dreadful in back. Dream scenario = an all-greek pairing at CB with Mavropanos!

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Would be the first sensible transfer Arsenal has made in defence in many years.

For reasons unknown Wenger forgot (maybe he's getting senile) part of what made his "Invincibles" team so invincible.  It was that he had players that could be brutes if required.  Keown, Campbell, Parlour, Vieira.  These guys can give kicks as well as take a kick.

Wenger tried to build a Barcelona type of team which is fine if you have the biggest budget in the world but he didn't.  For years poor Arsenal fans have had to watch as mid-table and lower teams get "stuck in" and overwhelm Arsenal through sheer physicality.  You think Vieira would let the opposition get away with that ?  I don't think so.  When your entire team is soft the opposition can smell it.  And yet Wenger would *whinge* for YEARS that his team was unlucky.  When you're unlucky in the same circumstances for year after year you're not unlucky.  If Wenger had 2 brutes in the back that don't take crap and one in the middle he would've got a lot closer to winning a league.

As to why Wenger couldn't see this who the hell knows.  One of life's mysteries.

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any chance they'll get Manolas too? he was in talks for arsenal as well...

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Should be announced any time now...reportedly he's been in the UK for a few days at least. Also saw earlier that he had apparently rejected ManU last season.

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Apparently the deal has been agreed for £16 million, and that Sokratis will be an Arsenal player by the end of this weekend. 

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thing that's pissing me off is Arsenal is trying to get the young tourko cb soyuncu. as soon as toprak came to dortmund sokratis didn't play as well - don't think it's a coicidence. he played great with hummels and bartra

they should get manolas as well. obviously sokratis's is a professional and will do his best but I think for chemistry purposes manolas would be way better and i'm not sure that mavropanos is ready to be a regular.

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Why not go after Kyriakos Papadopoulos for some chemistry with Sokratis and depth at CB at a serious bargain with huge upside?

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Good for Sokratis on going to arsenal, he will get the exposure he deserves.

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I didn't see the game, Arsenal won 8-0 but fans were trashing Sok on Twitter saying he's too slow. Very upsetting reading all these clowns' comments. People don't understand that this is practice for a CB and he's not gonna out there and kill himself in a pre-season match in July. Hopefully he shuts everyone's mouth soon. 

I hate to play this card, but I truly believe him being Greek attracts a lot of hate from foreign fans and they almost want him to fail.

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On 7/16/2018 at 2:30 AM, Argy said:

I didn't see the game, Arsenal won 8-0 but fans were trashing Sok on Twitter saying he's too slow. Very upsetting reading all these clowns' comments. People don't understand that this is practice for a CB and he's not gonna out there and kill himself in a pre-season match in July. Hopefully he shuts everyone's mouth soon. 

I hate to play this card, but I truly believe him being Greek attracts a lot of hate from foreign fans and they almost want him to fail.

I wish he'd gone to liverpool instead. Arsenal fans are pretty bad in general. Liverpool could win the title this year too and they're shaky with Lovren.

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Starting today in Arsenal's season opener at home against Man city. 

Tough assignment first up, we'll see how he goes but wouldn't be surprised to see Arsenal lose by 2-3 goals

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I thought Sokratis put in a good performance today but Arsenal are not a good side. Ozil by far the worst player today he had horrible touch and passing the ball and scuffed a great chance in the box. 

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It's tricky to judge anyone's individual performance, including the club as a whole versus a powerhouse like Manchester City. They are a level above anyone else in the PL and Arsenal will not be facing such a talented, organized and fluid side every week. All things considered, Sok was very solid today. Goals were not on him, did a good job marking Aguero out of the game, and already looks like a leader vocally and through example at the back. Expecting him only to get more comfortable with the new system and his teammates in the next few weeks. Tough task vs Chelsea next week. Sould be interesting.

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Another full 90 for him in the 3-2 away loss to Chelsea. Reading some match reports and player ratings, he seems to have been their best defender last night. Scoring 6's and 6.5's for the most part. In a team that conceded 3 that's not bad. Rumblings about his lack of pace continues but he seems to be slowly winning over some fans.

Arsenal should've won the game based on chances, missed some real sitters, especially in the first half. 

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Arsenal fans are the most obnoxious I've ever seen. Most of them had their mind made up on Sokratis before he hit the pitch and are looking for anything to reinforce their prejudice. They played Man City and Chelsea. Couldn't have asked for a more difficult first two games while he is still in the midst of getting comfortable; Best team in PL Man City and London rival powerhouse Chelsea. He has been very good. The players around him, including his midfield have not helped whatsoever as they got outplayed in both games. His partner, Mustafi, does not make things easier either as Sokrati is clearly the better of the two. Their comments on lack of pace, they really don't know what they are talking about. His robust style of play make fans that don't know much about him assume that he is slow, which is quite the opposite, as he was considered one of the quickest CBs in the Bundesliga. Most fans just read the misinformation on twitter and reiterate it without knowing much. Has he slowed down? Maybe a bit, I don't know. Maybe not. They call him old, yet he just turned 30 in June, which is prime for a CB. Like I said, obnoxious and they don't seem to rate players from Greece, which doesn't help their opinions. Paokarag4, you are right though, the mature, educated Arsenal fan is getting won over by two solid performances in the toughest of circumstances. 

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there was a chat I saw on IG and it had top speeds of arsenal players. sokratis was third behind aubamayang and bellerin. It was only 2 years ago he outpaced Ronaldo I doubt he got that slow. I think people are just stereotyping because of his strength that he's slow. I didn't see any plays in which Sokratis was outpaced really so don't get where these kids are getting these facts.

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Sokratis had an astounding match on Saturday in Arsenal's 2-1 win vs Newcastle; His best yet. He is winning over his naysayers that did not believe he would be an impact signing. Sentiment on Twitter, for example, that was unjustly overly negative amongst Arsenal supporters at the beginning of the season, has almost completely shifted. 

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Yea he picked it up by cleaning up a mess of a play created by his partner Mustafi. Unai Emery says it's actually his knee. Waiting for the doctors' verdict right now. 

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