New Arsenal centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos reckons the Gunners long-standing issues in defence are finally about to improve this season.
The 30-year-old Greece international moved to the Emirates from Borussia Dortmund earlier this summer, and he has been discussing the amount of defensive work new boss has been doing on the training pitch – something former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was often criticised for not concentrating on enough.
Sokratis, also admitted that he will be looking to pass on some of what he learned from legendary Italian defender Alessandro Nesta, during his time at AC Milan:
“A lot of coaches and a lot of teams now look at only how to play, not how to defend,” Sokratis told the Daily Mail.
“But with the new coach we work also on the situations when we don’t have the ball and this is very important.
“On the first day, the coach worked on this.
“With him, all the players we work on tactics, we look a lot at videos, what was wrong, what we have to do better.
“I think and hope this year things at the back will be much better.
“Thirty is the best age for a defender, so for the next three or four years I would like to give everything for the team. I want to win with this team.
“With Borussia, with Milan, with Genoa, for 10 years now I have been outside Greece and of course I have experience.
“I feel very good and I’m working on the pitch and also off the pitch to help all the young guys to be very good with us.
“I am here to show I am first a defender and after that comes everything else.
“I played with Nesta, that was one big school for me.
“Also with Thiago Silva, great players to learn from — they were defenders who were defenders first.
“I learned a lot and now I am ready to give what I know.”