Mikel Arteta has hinted to Football London that he is willing to hand Shkodran Mustafi an Arsenal lifeline.
The Spaniard watched on as the German gifted Chelsea a chance to open the scoring in last week’s 2-2 draw.
His woeful attempt at a backpass led to David Luiz being dismissed after fouling Tammy Abraham,
It’s not the first time the £90,000-a-week (Spotrac) defender has been found wanting defensively.
He has struggled for form for a while, subsequently struggling to make the 18-man matchday squad on several occasions.
Arteta has now suggested, however, that the 27-year-old could earn more opportunities.
He told Football London: “It’s my job to do that. Absolutely. I have worked with players like that, I’ve had team-mates like this and there is always a moment where there is a click.
“I came here and his attitude is always right. He wants to help. He made a mistake, it’s okay, I like more the reaction.”
Mustafi is likely to play at Bournemouth in the FA Cup this evening, with Luiz set to serve his suspension.
Arteta’s comments haven’t gone down too well with the club’s supporters, however.
Many had hoped to see him sold this month, although that now doesn’t look to be the case.
Here is a selection of tweets from the Gunners faithful in response to Arteta’s suggestion.
Arteta's overtime numbers going through the roof.
— Mildly Bewildered (@burnerstreaming) January 26, 2020
— Gazwthegooner (@Gazwthegooner) January 26, 2020
Don't solve anything, just sell him Asap
— ZEUS OF ARSENAL (@mc002capua) January 26, 2020
nobody can save him..he is uncoachable.
— فراس (@Salt19Pepe) January 27, 2020
I think he is easily the worst defender in history, it's tragic.
— The Red Gunner (@ngubane_red) January 27, 2020
Yeah. By selling him
— AFC_ (@AFC_1886) January 27, 2020
Emery also said the same
— God Of Mischief (@svnele) January 27, 2020