Shkodran Mustafi: 2019/20 Performances

Discussion in 'Arsenal Talk' started by Ricardinho, Aug 9, 2019.

  1. progman07

    progman07 Well-Known Member

    I'm very happy for Mustafi on a personal level. He has been abused needlessly by idiots, which obviously hurt him a lot.

    He is someone who plays with heart and cares a lot, both for the Club and his teammates, and it's just great that people appreciate his efforts more. His consistent mental lapses mean he would probably need dropping/selling mid-term, but he has contributed to Arteta's defensive record big time, and deserves his name sung by fans.
     
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  2. UpTheGunnerz

    UpTheGunnerz No Longer Phallus Obsessed

    Cant stress this enough
     
  3. Oxeki

    Oxeki Well-Known Member

  4. Sanchez11's ghost

    Sanchez11's ghost Superior Journalist To Charles Watts

    Still dont want him here
     
  5. asukru

    asukru Well-Known Member

    I don't know why but I used to despise him as a player that is but now he is growing on me, I just really hope he keeps up the good performances for his and for our sake. Not sure what I want to do with him come the summer time, whether to sell on or keep, however, if we do sell I want us to truly upgrade with a world class CB.
     
  6. redwhiteAustrian

    redwhiteAustrian Tu Felix Austria Administrator

    I don't want him to stay to be honest, one good month doesn't wipe out what he'd done the twelve+ months before.

    Happy for him that he's somewhat improved, but we're not talking about the second coming of Maldini.
     
  7. El Duderino

    El Duderino 99 Problems But A Mitch Ain't One

    Hopefully we agree to sell him before he does.
     
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  8. pacstud

    pacstud Well-Known Member

    If Arteta salvages Mustafi he becomes the literal all-time GOAT instantly.

    I'm with the "just make him look good enough to sell" camp though.
     
  9. Eaststander74

    Eaststander74 Jury Lite II

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  10. Oxeki

    Oxeki Well-Known Member

    Don't shoot the messenger.

    I only posted a headlight plus the link

    :lol:
     
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  11. bandaid

    bandaid Active Member

    Will improve with coaching. Is still young. Better atmosphere in the stands and a human approachable manager will help him no end.
     
  12. Camus

    Camus Well-Known Member

    Yeah I'm the same. He used to make my blood boil. It's not actually the upturn in his performances that brought me around it was the interview in which he was really honest about his shortcomings. That really endears me to a player. I'd like Xhaka a lot more if he did the same instead constantly trying to shift blame.

    But independent of my personal feelings towards him I'm still not sure if he has the ability to long term be a quality CB for us. He's going to have to keep this up for longer than a month for me to come around that much.
     
  13. elemoo

    elemoo Well-Known Member

    People keep saying he has a misatke in him... or he'll give an 8/10 performance for 6 games then a 2/10. Are people on AM not open to change? Or is it that they think it is not possible for a player to improve their tactical awareness? In any walk of life, where you're at mentally will have a huge impact on productivity, which im sure we've all experienced in our own jobs.

    I have seen VVD make several mistakes this season and he's pretty much the best CB in the world currently. I think that as a defender, any mistake you make is scrutinised way more as it could lead to a goal. An attaking player can be given stick for not having his shooting boots on but defenders have to have an almost perfect game to be considered 'solid'....

    I think if he keeps this up for the rest of the season there is no need to sell him, not only becasue we need squad depth with our injury record (esp cover for Bellerin/AMN), he is currently our best CB imo.
     
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  14. Red London

    Red London Well-Known Member

    Hahaha all about perspective I suppose. The thing with Mustafi is he did used to be a player which warranted us spending £35m on (even if we slightly overpayed). A lot of people said he worked out at Valencia because he was in a solid, well protected system. He hasnt been in that at Arsenal until now. So he's literally on his last chance but even then I would rather sell him and look elsewhere for a CB.

    Its the same with Xhaka, Arteta is protecting him with our set up and solidity. I cant tell if we would be better off just signing players to replace these guys. Ones that dont need as much protection, who can flourish in more systems/scenarios.
     
  15. gunner4lyfe

    gunner4lyfe Well-Known Member

    It was nevee needless. He did brainless things that directly cost us games.
     
  16. Kysus

    Kysus Well-Known Member

    Impressive how dominant he is in the air for someone his size
     
  17. Manberg

    Manberg Predator

    Sokratis is better defensively but it’s clear that Arteta prefers Mustafi because of Mustafi’s ball playing ability.
     
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  18. Tourbillion

    Tourbillion Angry 24/7

    The very odd nice cross-field pass doesn't make up for his persistent cheap give-aways (normal, simple passes) under no pressure.

    But yes he's certainly better on the ball than Papa.
     
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  19. HollandGooner

    HollandGooner Well-Known Member

    Lets put some faith in him hopefully he can keeps it up.
     
  20. Eaststander74

    Eaststander74 Jury Lite II

    He’s 27 ffs. What is it, the younger they are the more they deserve hate?
     

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