Shkodran Mustafi (20)


#380

It’s just a standard three week hamstring job, we have players who can cover. It’s the kind of thing you need to be able to deal with in a season if you have designs on being successful.


#381

Agreed. And therein lies the problem :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:

Nah but in fairness I’m confident in either Gabriel or Holding to do a job for a couple of games.


#382

Just shit timing as usual. Everton and City away. If we ever needed in the guy it’s right now.


#383

If our title challenge collapses because we’ve lost Shkodran Mustafi for 3 weeks then we don’t deserve to be contenders.


#384

I thought our title challenge ended with Cazorla getting injured?


#385

So you are saying he is overrated?


#386

No. Both no player is going to play 38 games. Players are going to miss games through suspensions and small injuries. You need to cope with that.


#387

He can’t come back soon enough already.


#388

Only two games he hasn’t played in are our only two losses, what a G.


#389

When you come back please don’t ever leave us again Shkodran :sob:


#390

Arsenal Fans be blaming a 3 week injury for Mustafi when we finish 3rd or 4th in May again :scream:


#391

Capitan obvious to the rescue! Don’t think he was a big miss yesterday. Both two goals could have been avoidable with more attention.


#392

Both goals avoidable whatever centre back pairing you have.


#393

The first one is Bellerin’s fault. Shouldn’t have let Baines cross. You know he is good at this thing. The second is Ozil’s.


#394

Yeah team defence a problem Arsenal have had at times for a decade.


#395

It was Walcott, not Bellerin.


#396

Yeah it’s true Walcott gambled a bit too much, he should have just played it safe and blocked the cross.


#397

I add that despite being good once again yesterday, Le Coq put us some under serious threat by losing the ball too many times in dangerous positions.


#398

We’ve shipped 17 goals in 16 games, a ratio that we need to not worsen if we have any designs on being champions. One goal per game.

I think maybe one team has won the league in the last decade or so with having conceded at a worse ratio than that, with that being the faltering defence of Ferguson’s last title-winning side (Vidic et al).

So conceding one per game isn’t all that disastrous if the attack’s going well enough. The two games we’ve played without SHKODRAN have been the two where we’ve conceded 2+ goals.


#399

Didn’t lose a game with him in defence and now we’ve lost the 2 he’s been gone for.

Here I was thinking “oh 3 weeks isn’t bad, it’ll just be like a winter break for him, Gabriel will be able to cover and Mustafi will come back stronger than ever”.

How wrong was I.

Turns out it wasn’t Ozil and Sanchez carrying us, it was Mustafi.