Shkodran Mustafi has revealed he sometimes has to criticise Mesut Ozil after the Germany international bagged a hat-trick in Arsenal’s 6-0 win over Ludogorets on Wednesday night.
The 28-year-old was in top form at the Emirates scoring his first senior hat-trick as the Gunners made it seven wins in a row in all competitions with a comprehensive dismantling of the Bulgarian minnows.
Goals from Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez and Alex Oxalde-Chamberlain completed the win to leave the Gunners top of Group A after three games played.
However, speaking after the match Mustafi revealed that he does sometimes have to criticise his compatriot in order for him to remain at the top of his game.
“Sometimes I have to criticise him as well because that’s how football is,” he told Standard Sport.
“Everyone makes mistakes and we have to be professional with it. Sometimes we criticise ourselves the most, it’s not the people out there that criticise us, it’s ourselves who criticise us the most.
“Because you want to play well, you want to win games, you don’t want to make mistakes. If you make one you are the first one who gets angry. But that’s football, you cannot be without errors. But he’s a fantastic player. I’m happy for him. He can make things happen in the final third. He sees runners.”
Mustafi is also backing Ozil to continue his goalscoring form with struggling Middlesbrough the next visitors to the Emirates on Saturday.
He added: “He is a quality player and if you have that up front — and it is not only him because Lucas Perez has come in and done a great job — and give him the ball in the final third in front of the goalkeeper, you can be sure he is going to score.”
Mustafi may be able to criticise Ozil but after Wednesday night’s performance there will be very few people joining him with the Germany international the star of the show against Ludogorets.