Arsenal star Shkodran Mustafi admits he avoids Twitter to dodge fury of irate fans and critics

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Arsenal star Shkodran Mustafi very much adopts the emu strategy of burying his head in the proverbial sand when it comes to social media and TV. The German defender has reflected on the turbulent times with the Gunners of late and says he tries to avoid the likes of Twitter, he says.

Arsene Wenger’s beleaguered playing staff and, of course, the manager himself have come under fire from angry fans upset at the lack of success on the pitch of late.

The mini-slump means the Emirates outfit will do well to finish in the top four and claim Champions League football; and a normally guaranteed finish above north London rivals Tottenham looks in doubt, too.

Mustafi could have allowed himself a glimpse or two, though, after his goal helped Arsenal secure a 2-2 draw with Manchester City at home on Sunday; and the centre-half will try once more to influence proceedings when the Gunners host West Ham United in the Premier League tonight.

Whether or not he takes in social media following the top flight encounter remains the matter of some debate; and very much depends on the result presumably.

He said: “It is difficult, but we are professionals. It’s part of our job to have a little bit thicker skin. But in the days that we live in now, it is difficult because you see it everywhere, on TV, then you have social media where you see a lot of things.

“Sometimes you don’t want to see it, even when you want to just text with friends or look at pictures that your family posted or whatever. You get to see pictures that maybe you don’t want to see and then you read them and it might give you a bit of thinking that you should not think about.”

Of the ongoing speculation as to other Wenger pens a new, two-year deal at the club, Mustafi said: “Wenger has been here 20 years, he knows what he has to do. Now it’s the players who have to go on the pitch and put in the performances.”