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Arsenal fans react as Mikel Arteta suggests reprieve for Shkodran Mustafi

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Arsenal fans react as Mikel Arteta suggests reprieve for Shkodran Mustafi

The 28-year-old could earn another chance at the Emirates Stadium.

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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

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