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Many Arsenal fans rally behind Mustafi following defender’s defiant interview

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Many Arsenal fans rally behind Mustafi following defender’s defiant interview

Lots of Arsenal fans have rallied behind defender Shkodran Mustafi, after he gave an emotional interview with Der Spiegel blasting his critics.

The 27-year-old believes he has become a target when things go wrong at the Emirates Stadium, and claims he gets stick even when he doesn’t play.

The £35 million signing from Valencia (BBC Sport) has often frustrated fans down the years with some erratic defending.

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Frustratingly for Gunners supporters, they know Mustafi has the ability to defend well for large parts of games – he simply makes too many basic errors.

That has been the case with player, but in 2019/20, Mustafi hasn’t put a foot wrong in his three appearances so far.

Speaking to Der Spiegel, he said: “The criticism has become escalated and irrational. I have become a target. At one point, people even blamed me for a defeat in a game I had not played in.”

Mustafi also took aim at Emmanuel Petit, who slated him after a mistake against Tottenham Hotspur last season.

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“That annoyed me a lot,” he said. “It’s one thing when fans or media criticise you. But it’s a different story when an ex-player who knows how hard it is on the field sometimes says so.

“I expect such players to be more sensitive and realise what this sharply worded critique can trigger.”

Arsenal fans react

A lot of Arsenal fans showed their sympathy towards Mustafi on social media as quotes from the interview did the rounds:

 

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