Arsenal fans baffled by bizarre Sokratis behaviour against Aston Villa
Arsenal scored two late goals as they snatched a win against Aston Villa despite yet another poor defensive performance.
The newly-promoted Premier League side dominated the early proceedings and took the lead though John McGinn.
Frustration began to get the better of Arsenal and Ainsley Maitland-Niles picked up two yellow cards to get sent off after 41 minutes.
And on the stroke of half-time, Sokratis Papastathopoulos illustrated Arsenal‘s confusion in a strange looking tangle with Villa striker Wesley.
The Greek defender was attempting to shield the ball but was tugged to the ground by his neck.
While on his backside, Sokratis somehow ended up trapped between his opponent’s legs.
Presumably concerned that he might not win a free-kick, he then appeared to collapse to the ground holding his face.
The Gunners centre-back’s antics did not go down well with fans, particularly because Arsenal were losing at the time.
One supporter commented: “That is disgraceful. Embarrassing.”
“What a clown,” derided another.
A third baffled fan tweeted: “Man’s too dramatic.”
Arsenal equalised when Nicolas Pepe scored his first goal for the club from the penalty spot.
But the home side were level for just 90 seconds before Wesley put Aston Villa back in front.
Substitute Calum Chambers then netted another equaliser before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a stunning free-kick.
“I am very pleased,” Chambers said after the comeback win lifted Arsenal to fourth in the Premier League.
“I hold my hand up to their second goal so I had to put things right. We stuck in there and worked hard and deserved it in the end.
“The win is massive for us as a club and team, We have the quality and the spirit. We dug in deep to get the momentum going.”
“He is a quality striker,” he said of Aubameyang. “A lot of the players in this team have quality but to have him scoring goals is great for us.”