If there was a moment that perhaps best summed up Shkodran Mustafi’s Arsenal career, it was probably the mistake that led to the opening goal in the Gunners’ draw with Chelsea on Tuesday night.
In a pulsating game at Stamford Bridge, Mikel Arteta’s men twice came from behind to earn a point. Gabriel Martinelli and Hector Bellerin bagged the goals for the visitors.
Arsenal’s fightbacks were all the more impressive given that they played the majority of the game with 10 men.
David Luiz gave away a penalty and was subsequently sent off for bringing down Tammy Abraham inside the box. The Brazilian denied the Chelsea man the fairly simple task of scoring after an error from Mustafi.
The German attempted to play the ball back to Bernd Leno. However, the centre-back underhit his pass and that allowed Abraham to go through and get past Leno.
It must be noted that Mustafi actually got the assist for Arsenal’s first equaliser. And it looked as though he was going to prove a point with an improved second-half performance.
However, some felt that Mustafi also needed to take some of the blame for the Blues’ second goal. He did not appear to react as Cesar Azpilicueta got on the end of a cross to score from close range.
And while some have praised some of Mustafi’s performance, plenty have insisted that he showed why he cannot be relied upon.
Some have claimed that he should not play for the club again. There were positive signs, but the mistakes cannot be ignored.
Here is what some of the fans made of Mustafi’s display…
Martinelli is going to be special. I hope I never see Mustafi again. 60 mins with 10 can’t fault the desire of the side.
— Rob Stapes (@Robstapes92) January 21, 2020
Great result in the end but mustafi must NEVER EVER EVER play again
— goldie golds 🌍☄️💕🖤🦋® (@goldiegolds98) January 21, 2020
Good come back but should never have been on that position. Mustafi can’t play for us anymore
— Remi (@Norburyman) January 21, 2020
Now that that’s out of the way,Mustafi must never get anywhere near the team ever again #CHEARS
— Wah (@T_Wandile) January 21, 2020
– Arteta shouldn’t obstruct mustafi’s transfer, he needs to leave
— Blackbear 🐺 (@AzeezX__O) January 21, 2020
Big up Xhaka today. Shown he’s worthy in the last 4/5 weeks. Mustafi needs to go ASAP. Ozil starting to show his poor form again
— 29 (@AFCREST) January 21, 2020
Fantastic performance. Deserved that. Mustafi & Luiz still need to get out of the club but if we can kick on from this the future may well be bright #CHEARS
— Jordan Mant (@MantJordan) January 21, 2020