“There are two things that must be rooted out in human beings- arrogant opinion and mistrust. Arrogant opinion expects that there is nothing further needed, and mistrust assumes that under the torrent of circumstance there can be no happiness.” Epictetus.
There is a lot of arrogant opinion and mistrust of our very own Gunner, Shkodran Mustafi, out there. It looks like all the unhappiness that the whole team and manager created over the last twelve months is being almost solely projected at the 2014 World Cup Champion from Germany. Yes Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka also get their share of vitriol from the fanbase (which, surprisingly, also include a not to be underestimated number of reasonably intelligent supporters) but the abuse on line and elsewhere for Shkodran is getting out of proportion. We once were a classy club and supported everyone who wore the shirt with pride and gave his all, even if they were not really that good, but these days are over it seems.
I think GoonerEris summed it up best on the blog last night:
“Lastly, it’s going to be hard, but I wish the fans can step down the Mustafi-hate while he is turning out for us. The man can’t put up a tweet or instagram story without some trolls hurling abuse at him. He was booed at some stage in a pre-season friendly (vs Colorado), for Pete’s sake. That was awful and can affect the mentality of any one. It’s a surprise for me that he’s chosen to stay instead of taking a walk; it cannot be for just the money. He must like it at the club and the country. Let’s encourage him as we should the rest of the team and see if we don’t surprise a few.”
Yes GoonerEris is right. Mustafi is a fighter and always gives his all, and he did go to the States whilst our captain decided to go on strike… I know that he makes mistakes, mistakes that have cost us in the past. These mistakes stand out and his good stuff is forgotten. Mustafi scores high on Whoscored every season; he is usually in the Arsenal players top-three by the end of the season. But all fans seem to notice are his few mistakes.
I like a player who gives his all and wears the shirt with pride – don’t we all?! Maybe it is time for Emery to move Mustafi away from the last line of defence and play him to his strengths. His drive, energy, tackling and interception abilities, strength in the air and crisp passing make him pretty ideal for playing somewhere in the four of Emery’s 3-4-3 system. He could be back up for both Torreira and Bellerin and prove to be a great squad player for us.
Whatever Emery does with him this season, just back off a bit and support Shkodran instead. He is one of us in the end… Victory Through Harmony.