The centre-back’s performances have improved under Mikel Arteta but judging by his recent comments Shkodran Mustafi may be ready for a fresh start away from Arsenal
Arsenal centre-back Shkodran Mustafi has suggested he could be interested in a move back to the Bundesliga in the near future.
The 28-year-old has had an up-and-down time with the Gunners since signing from Valencia in 2016, and he faced heavy criticism from supporters earlier in the season after making a number of high-profile mistakes.
Since the appointment of Mikel Arteta he has looked more assured at the back, however, and the Spanish manager seems keen to keep him at the club.
But speaking in an interview with German publication Bild Mustafi hinted that he may be open for a return to his native country.
“It is difficult to foresee how the transfer phase will run in the current situation,” Mustafi said.
“(The Bundesliga is) always interesting. Sportingly, it has undergone a great development. Besides, it’s my home.
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“Many are amazed at the level there. In England, they were very surprised at how well the Bundesliga managed to restart. The Premier League has certainly taken this as an example.”
Mustafi also admitted he has been “hurt” by criticism from supporters in the past, and believes some of the stick he has received has been too much.
“Through social media, you can hear everything, you can no longer protect yourself so well from criticism or insults,” he continued.
“Then you read things that hurt you. That’s pretty out of hand in places. But as a professional athlete, you have to be able to handle it.
“I’m my biggest critic – I watch my games and am rarely satisfied. I know exactly when I can do something better and when not. If others criticise, that’s perfectly okay, and I’ll take it. If it’s an unfair criticism, I try to ignore it.”
Mustafi could be back in action on Wednesday night when Arsenal take on Manchester City at the Etihad.