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Mustafi open to Arsenal stay after ‘rebuilding relationship’ with fans 0

Posted on February 21, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

Shkodran Mustafi is open to the possibility of staying with Arsenal past the summer, feeling that he has managed to rebuild his relationship with the club’s supporters, as revealed by the Evening Standard.

The 27-year-old defender has been on the brink of departure for a long time having failed to impress. His mistakes have often cost Arsenal points, and that has, naturally, led the supporters to lose faith in his quality. Many, including us here, have openly declared Mustafi not good enough to represent a club aiming for the top end of the Premier League, but it seems the centre-back is finally doing the best he can to prove otherwise. Since Mikel Arteta took over from interim boss Freddie Ljungberg, Mustafi has been given another chance ahead of the likes of Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Rob Holding, and his performances have taken an upwards trajectory. Against Olympiacos in the Europa League round of 32 on Thursday, he was nothing short of fantastic.

Does Mustafi need to go? 0

Posted on January 23, 2020 by Harry Kettle

Pointing fingers has always been a popular thing for people to do in this game, because it’s often much easier than accepting any of the blame. However, in certain instances, the finger pointing is more than worth it – especially when it comes to Shkodran Mustafi.

The controversial defender was back in the starting XI for the game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, with the hope being that he would be able to rise above the criticisms he’s been receiving as of late by putting in a decent shift. If you watched his second half performance and nothing else, then you could argue that he had a good game. Aside from that, though, there wasn’t really all too much to scream and about, unless you were doing so in frustration.

Mustafi opens up in big Arsenal feature – part 2 0

Posted on January 17, 2020 by Harry Kettle

“I managed to try to block it out a little bit. I was not that active on social media and  wasn’t reading comments, I wasn’t too concerned about social media, I just wanted to go back on the pitch and give everything because I knew that in this moment I was not playing the football I know I could play.

I was just talking with the closest people around me like my family, my parents, my wife, my kids, and this helped me to forget about everything. In the morning when I was coming to training, I would just focus on the training and then go back home to spend time with my family. I tried not to read too much stuff that people were saying.

Mustafi opens up in big Arsenal feature – part 1 0

Posted on January 17, 2020 by Harry Kettle

There has been an awful lot of speculation as to whether or not Shkodran Mustafi is going to be leaving Arsenal any time soon. However, there hasn’t really been all too much talk about Mustafi – the man himself, and how he’s doing. He’s had to deal with a great deal of abuse online over the last year or so, and in this feature, he talks about that and so much more.

“We’re only human and we can’t switch off our brains, it’s always going to be there. Once you’ve read criticism – good or bad – it’s going to stay there.

Mustafi under fire 0

Posted on December 30, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

As Arsenal succumbed to a 1-2 defeat at the hands of Chelsea at the Emirates on Sunday, it was Shkodran Mustafi’s turn to have his performance dissected and analysed far and wide.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck early to give the Gunners the lead, only to see it overturned by late goals by Jorginho and Tammy Abraham. And while most of Mikel Arteta’s team played relatively well for almost the entire game, the nerves of Mustafi weren’t easy to miss.

Emery & Mustafi talk to the media before Frankfurt – Part 2 0

Posted on November 28, 2019 by Harry Kettle

On Frankfurt’s style of play:
SM: Frankfurt is a team with a coach who has a very good identity. You can tell their idea of the game and how they want to play. Nothing is random, they’re very coordinated. Even if you know how they play, you can’t always anticipate it as a defender. If you anticipate their attacking moves, you may open up different spaces for them to capitalise on. It’s a team with attacking strengths so you have to be focused for 90 minutes. They don’t hog possession without gaining any space. They’re very organised on the ball and want to get it back as soon as possible. It’s hard to play against teams like these. It’s not easy.

Emery & Mustafi talk to the media before Frankfurt – Part 1 0

Posted on November 28, 2019 by Harry Kettle

It’s safe to say that Unai Emery is feeling the pressure, and it’s also safe to say that Shkodran Mustafi isn’t exactly one of the most popular players within Arsenal’s ranks right now. So what do they do? They both get selected to take part in a press conference before the club’s vital game against Eintracht Frankfurt tonight.

Mustafi and Ozil – the days are numbered 0

Posted on October 10, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

Shkodran Mustafi and Mesut Ozil both look set to move on from Arsenal in the near future, with neither of the two Germans having a place in the team under manager Unai Emery.


Mustafi has been out of favour for a while, and truth be told, he did very little to change Emery’s mind when he was on the pitch. His consistently poor performances have been an unmissable part of Arsenal’s woeful defending in the last several seasons, and with the return of Rob Holding from injury and Calum Chambers from loan, as well as the arrival of David Luiz from Chelsea, there simply isn’t a place for him anymore.

Mustafi refuses to go to “war” with Arsenal 0

Posted on September 20, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

Following a transfer window during which his future became obviously uncertain but no move materialized, Shodran Mustafi says he isn’t interested in going to “war” with Arsenal.

Mustafi arrived to the Emirates from Valencia back in 2016 for a fee officially undisclosed but reported at around £35 million, and was announced as an important defensive addition to the team led by Arsene Wenger at the time. He has been a prominent feature for the Gunners in all three seasons so far, making a total of 81 appearances, but he played in the Europa League win away to Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday for the first time this term.

Mustafi exit talks confirmed 0

Posted on August 24, 2019 by Harry Kettle

While it’s not particularly nice to single out players for criticism, sometimes, it’s warranted. A perfect case in point would be Shkodran Mustafi, who put in a series of poor performances towards the end of last season that you could argue cost Arsenal in a big way. Even if you don’t agree with that, it certainly doesn’t seem like he’s going to be able to break into the first team anytime soon.

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