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Arsenal fans struggling to comprehend that Mustafi is their best centre-back

Arsenal fans struggling to comprehend that Mustafi is their best centre-back

Most Arsenal fans are in agreement that this transfer window has been a breath of fresh air for them. Unai Emery has come in and put a real emphasis on bolstering the defence and tightening up to stop leaking goals. However, with only one new central defender coming in, Mustafi is the best centre-back at the club and the Gunners aren’t sure how.

When Sokratis Papastathopoulos joined the club from Borussia Dortmund a lot of the fans thought they’d found their main centre-back, the Greek colossus was supposed to come in as a natural leader, putting Mustafi and the young centre-backs in their place and commanding a backline that even Europe’s best sides were going to struggle to break down. That, though, couldn’t be further from the truth.

Instead, a 30-year-old Sokratis, who should be in the prime of his career as a centre-back, has looked soft in pre-season and instead of giving those around him confidence, he’s looked shaky and not the man that the Arsenal fans thought they were getting. If Emery can work his magic on Sokratis and make him the perfect partner for Mustafi then things will be different, but for now, the fans aren’t too confident with the heart of the defence.

The supporters are struggling with the realisation that Mustafi is the best they’ve got and they won’t be looking forward to playing City on Sunday with Mustafi the leader in their backline.

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