Even when Arsenal win comfortably and keep a clean sheet, Shkodran Mustafi gets it in the neck. The defender, 26, is a 20-times Germany international and a World Cup winner, but a significant section of Gooners don’t rate him at all. Mustafi played the full 90 minutes of Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Rennes at Emirates Stadium on Thursday night as they secured a 4-3 aggregate victory to reach the quarter-finals of the Europa League. It was the mainstay’s 31st appearance of what has been a testing season for him in a defence that is forever changing in terms of personnel. Much of the criticism came late in the game, when the home side came under the cosh as they held on for victory. Mustafi was sloppy when he gave away possession on the right, which led to M’Baye Niang’s strike hitting the outside of the post. Arsenal fans let rip on social media, with many claiming they don’t want him to play for the club again.
This Is Futbol has rounded up some of the best tweets below:
Mustafi in general is incompetent, but my word is he a horrible footballer in the last 5mins of a huge game. He losses all composure.
— Fly dem (@Jimmyconwayy19) March 14, 2019
Mustafi remains the worst football player ever.
— Mr Folarin (@Folarinfotos) March 14, 2019
I hope that’s the last time we ever see Mustafi play in an important Arsenal game.
— White Kaftan (@iam_krypticmoh) March 14, 2019
All excellent performances tonight especially from AMN.
Except Mustafi in that last 10 minutes went mental. What is wrong with this guy?
— Walid Arsenal (@1Walid1) March 14, 2019
Mustafi is a threat to our defence..watch how leno has performed recently bearing in mind mustafi has been guided by nacho and our skipper.
— Mayor Carter (@MAYORUREMGBA) March 14, 2019
If mustafi wasn't brain dead he would be alright.
— vieira ? (@gomes1122) March 14, 2019
You miss mustafi’s customary cock up at 2-0 where they hit the post? The guy is a walking disaster but you’ve said you rate him, now you can’t turn back
— HighbsN5 (@HighbsN5) March 14, 2019
Hopefully we get rid of Mustafi and Ozil in the summer, get Bailly and Fekir
— Jummal (@jummalM98) March 14, 2019
Only Arsenal can go 2-0 up early and make it difficult! We should've been beating them 7 or 8.
Iwobi and Mkhi made a huge difference when coming on. AGAIN, Emery gets it right. Next time leave Mustafi and Xhaka at home. For the sake of our nerves!
— Rob (@Thepretendrob) March 14, 2019
Hopefully Mustafi’s last start for Arsenal was tonight
— FPL Over-Thinker (@GoonerFPL) March 14, 2019
We defo need another CB and RB hopefully sell mustafi off and fund some signings
— ????? (@returnofthegoat) March 14, 2019
Mustafi can do one. Even Calum as a midfield option would be OK. Not saying he is the greatest but he's better than Mustafi and Elneny. FACT
— KindGooner (@GoonerTiliDie19) March 14, 2019
Not really, literally if you search his name they all want him back. Anyone one who is sane would pick Chambers over Mustafi that man is a calamity????
— tierney???? (@CalumChambersFC) March 14, 2019
Mustafi has to go at the end of the season ????
— you (@KayCapt) March 14, 2019