It’s win or bust time – Sokratis


ARSE­NAL’S next two games will de­fine their sea­son – and Greek de­fender Sokratis has warned the Gun­ners must win them both.

Af­ter Satur­day’s teatime shoot-out with Chelsea, Arse­nal then host Manch­ester United in the FA Cup fourth round.

De­feats would leave Unai Emery’s first sea­son at the Emi­rates in ru­ins and Sokratis (below) ad­mit­ted: “We have to win both of them.

“If we want to be up there, we have to win. I be­lieve in my team, but we have to play much bet­ter.

“If you lose some games, of course, you lose con­fi­dence, but I don’t think con­fi­dence is the prob­lem.

“The prob­lem is that we have to work harder in the next games and be more com­pet­i­tive.

“It’s not about hav­ing only two shots on tar­get

(which was the case at

West Ham)

– look at how many chances we would have had if we had done bet­ter with the last pass.

“We did not con­trol the game bet­ter than them, we did not cre­ate chances or fin­ish them off, we did not score and we paid for one mis­take. It was ex­pen­sive.”

Arse­nal’s defeat at the Lon­don Sta­dium means they have taken just two points from their last five away games – hav­ing taken 13 from their pre­vi­ous five.

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