This is serious people. We need to chat. I think Arsenal internet has taken things too far.
Mustafi was asked if he was the second-worst defender in the world because Arsenal fans voted him into that position for an online poll.
In the moment, it’s amusing. Reality is, we’ve crushed the career of a footballer.
The guy is a World Cup winner and he’s certainly better than Phil Jones. Sure, he makes some wild errors, but it’s hard not to think he’d be a more solid right-back than Cal Chambers when the tougher games start to roll in.
Do we have a responsibility to bring him back into the fold? Do Arsenal fans need to repent for their sins? Do we need to start a #WeLoveUMustafi hashtag?
OR IS THIS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU STAY AT A CLUB BECAUSE YOU LOVE YOUR CONTRACT.
Overall, the tone of the interview was disgraceful. I don’t think you’d get that sort of tone in the English press, which is saying something.
One thing that is notable is the section where he says he spent three weeks out injured, didn’t train, then had to face Liverpool in 2018 where we were spanked. This really is quite the statement. I don’t mean to make this about Emery, but that really is brutally unfair, not to mention a shocking decision. The double sessions that he bragged about killed him in December, reckless decisions on player fitness killed him with Ramsey and basically crushed Mustafi (in that moment, appreciate he’s been average for a while).
The best football coaches think strategically about what they are doing on the pitch. So many fans judge decisions in the moment. They miss the little things that build up to a disaster. Good decisions are like acorns you collect for a barren day, bad one’s are like too many late nights… at some point, you’re going to get hit with the full force of the flu.
Do you like how those two metaphors are completely disconnected? Amateur writing at its best.
Last season Emery yanked Ramsey’s deal and benched him. He dropped Mesut. He went too hard on the double sessions in the summer (bit like Ole G this summer). He distributed the captaincy amongst the wrong players. He didn’t settle on a system. He tried to do too many things at the same time. He played Ramsey injured when he realised he was important. He depended on Ozil after he’d ostracised him.
It all added up to a flat run that saw us lose 3rd from a winning position.
Same thing looks to be happening again this season.
Dithering on the captain’s armband. Giving the captaincy to a weak cog in the system. Giving Mesut vice-captaincy. Dropping Mesut relentlessly. Subbing Pepe on 60 minutes for an 18-year-old. Failing to settle on a system. Playing Auba in a dead Europa game despite being our only fit striker.
These things add up over a season. Sure, you can justify many of them in the moment, but if you’re not looking at how your decisions scale over time, you’re not elite management material.
Right, that’s me done, see you in the comments.
P.S. Be nice to Mustafi you beasts x