Former Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi has had his say on Mikel Arteta and where this current Gunners side are heading after a dismal season.
The German international had his ups and downs in an Arsenal shirt, but people only remember the latter. After a mini revival under Arteta, he dropped down the pecking order, and that ended his Gunners career.
Mustafi reached an agreement with Arsenal in January to terminate his contract. He was released from the club and he joined Bundesliga strugglers Schalke on a six-month deal.
Now a free agent again, Mustafi has been fairly active on Instagram. Instead of ignoring an Arsenal fan’s unnecessary taunt, he decided to respond, and his message was surprisingly positive.
Mustafi: Arteta is a phenomenal coach
It’s not very often that we see a player come back and praise the coach who released him. Mustafi, however, has jumped into Arteta and Arsenal’s defence and that really is admirable after how badly some fans treated him during his time here.
Dropping out of Europe is a humongous blow for Arsenal. As the manager, Arteta has to take the blame for what has been a terrible season, but a lot has happened over the last 12 months, and we really should hold back on the criticism.
Arteta has arguably had to go through the toughest start any manager has ever had in their career. The global pandemic, constant changes in and around the club and key players suddenly going missing have all seriously hurt Arsenal over the last year.
The Spaniard still has the support of the board and that really is a good thing. However, if we don’t start next season well, he will have no leg to stand on, and it won’t be a surprise to see him receive his marching orders, just like Unai Emery did before him.