- Shkodran Mustafi has rejected claims he is the second worst defender in the world
- The German centre-back has been heavily criticized over his defensive blunders at Arsenal
- Mustafi insists such exercise by Arsenal fans is irritating
Shkodran Mustafi, Arsenal defender, has rejected a supporters poll that branded him the second worst defender in the world insisting that such exercise by Arsenal fans is irritating.
According to Daily Mail report, Mustafi, who won the 2014 World Cup with Germany in Brazil, could only beat Man United's Phil Jones, in a survey put together by top Spanish newspaper Marca.
A further breakdown of the exercise revealed that more than 150,000 votes were collated, with Mustafi garnering 35% to finish behind Jones at 47% in the quest for the unpopular award.
However, Mustafi claims the findings lack merit, insisting it was the views of partisan fans not top-level coaches.
“I can also deal with harsh criticism,” the German defender was quoted as saying to Der Speigel.
“But the criticism has escalated and become irrational. I have become a target. At some point people even blamed me for a defeat in which I hadn't played at all,” added Mustafi, who moved to the Emirates as the most expensive German centre-back for €40m (£36m) back in 2016.
Meanwhile, Mustafi is bitter with ex-Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit, who called the German 'King of Blunders'.
In response Mustafi fired back: “That annoyed me a lot. It's one thing when fans or the media criticise you. But it's something completely different when an ex-player, who knows how hard it is sometimes on the field, says something like that.
“I expect those players to be more sensitive and to see what this sharp criticism can do. In the past, it might have been in the paper for a day and then people would have forgotten. Today it's on the Internet and it's going to haunt me for the rest of my career,” Mustafi summed up
Legit.ng reported earlier that Lyon are reportedly close to naming Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger as their new manager after the exit of Brazilian boss Sylvinho.
The club are currently 14th on the Ligue 1 table with nine points after nine matches - just one point above Dijon and Metz, who are 19th and 20th after the same number of games.
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