Arsenal defender Sokratis brands team-mate Granit Xhaka a ‘w*****’ in Greek after he posts another Instagram photo

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ARSENAL defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos cheekily called Granit Xhaka a “w*****” on Instagram – in Greek.

After the Swiss midfielder posted a photograph on to social media, he was taunted for spending too much time online.

A picture of Xhaka in training prompted a reply from Sokratis in the comments section.

He posted: “Go to sleep re malaka every day you post foto!!! [sic]”

The literal translation of “re malaka” from Greek is “w*****” although it can also be used in an affectionate context.

An incredibly common slang word across the Mediterranean country, it tends to describe the person as being foolish or silly rather than anything overly critical.

Fans witnessing the jibe lapped it up as a playful moment in the tension and drama of the Premier League run-in.

One supporter wrote online: “Sokratis, the team’s resident sadist. Very good club needs one of these.”

Twitter user James joked: “He’s just a big useless meme machine.”

Another fan added: “I love Sokratis. Absolutely mad.”

And Jim commented: “Should be Arsenal captain.”

Sokratis, 32, is yet to play for Arsenal since the Premier League restart while Xhaka has established himself under Mikel Arteta after controversially losing the captain’s armband earlier in the campaign.

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