Shkodran Mustafi has finally responded to Arsenal fans’ criticism of him over the last two years.
Mustafi has been heavily criticised by fans and pundits for his performances over the last 18 months which has led to Unai Emery dropping him from Arsenal’s Premier League squad. The Gunners boss publicly stated in the summer that he would like Mustafi to leave but things didn’t quite go to plan and the German is still a part of the squad. (Metro)
Speaking about his reputation among Arsenal fans, Mustafi claimed that his mistakes were wildly blown out of proportion by the Gunners fanbase.
“In the first two years after my move to Arsenal in 2016, things went very well for me. I saw myself as a performer. But shortly after Christmas 2018, there was a kink. I’ve made a few mistakes and they’ve created a mess that I’ve never experienced before,” said Mustafi.
He continued: “I’m self-critical enough to realize that I made those mistakes. I can also deal with tough criticism. But the criticism has become escalated and irrational. I have become a target. At some point, people even blamed me for a defeat I had not played at all.”
Mustafi has however kept his head down and worked hard which has earned him a place in Arsenal’s Europa League and League Cup sides. The German World Cup winner has kept three clean sheets in three starts so far this season and has, on the whole, come up with some very good performances.
However, with Rob Holding now back to full fitness, Mustafi will find it hard to break back into the Premier League side but things could take a positive turn if he continues his good performances when he is picked in the Europa League and in the domestic cup competitions.