After Saturday’s win over Spurs, Shkodran Mustafi hit out at journalists who claimed the German was unhappy at Arsenal (via The Telegraph).
One of Arsenal’s heroes on Saturday afternoon was undoubtedly the man who grabbed that crucial opening goal, Shkodran Mustafi.
The German returned from injury to put in a colossal performance against the Gunners’ North London neighbours in the 2-0 win.
The match came just a few months after a summer transfer window dominated by speculation.
The German was strongly linked with a move away from the Emirates with Inter Milan touted as a potential destination. Now, Mustafi has hit back at these claims.
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“You like to get the s***, the biggest s***,” he said to journalists. “What happens in the changing room is the real thing. I have been talking to clubs or if I haven’t, it’s only rumours. I’m here, I’m standing in front of you in an Arsenal shirt.”
Later, Mustafi attacked the press for their reporting on the futures of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.
“You want everyone to leave don’t you?” he said. “We need the players, not everyone can leave. Obviously, they are important and everyone in the team wants them to stay.
“If you look at what Mesut achieved, you have to give him credit and respect. It’s sometimes stupid to just go out and say ‘he’s not good enough, he’s not this or that’.”
It’s unclear whether there is any truth in it but a lot of Arsenal fans are upset at the supposed unfair treatment the Gunners get in the press. Arsenal are obviously one of the biggest clubs in Europe and the fact that they are underperforming will make the headlines. It’s only natural that this will get frustrating for the players who don’t live outside the influence of the press.