Plenty of Arsenal fans were left in awe of one player who usually makes clangers look enjoyable. Shkodran Mustafi is the man in question and he stepped up to the mark last night, grabbing both a goal and a clean sheet against an out-of-sorts BATE Borisov side and setting up a round-of-sixteen clash with Ligue 1 side Stade Rennais.
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) 21 February 2019
Arsenal were left thoroughly embarrassed in Belarus when they fell to a 1-0 loss in the first leg of their European tie. However, they quickly bounced back and put that defeat behind them with a 3-0 win last night. The scoring was opened after just five minutes when Zakhar Volkov put the ball in his own net, and on the stroke of half-time, the Gunners took the lead in the tie through a thumping Mustafi header.
The header from the corner was the ex-Valencia man’s third goal of the season after previously netting against Cardiff and Manchester United in the Premier League, although this was his first goal in Europe for the North London club. That kind of performance, with or without the goal, is what the fans expect from Mustafi on a more regular basis, even if the difference in quality between BATE and the Premier League is vast.
You can read the Gunners’ thoughts on Mustafi’s performance here:
This is what we like to see.
— Pain In The Arsenal (@PainInThArsenal) February 21, 2019
That’s + 10 million on his transfer fee yessss
— Jay (@Waveking_jay) February 21, 2019
— Lisa Lewis (@LisaLewisWrites) 21 February 2019
Never doubted him
— DT (@BatmanAuba14) February 21, 2019
Attaboy, Mustafi! A wonder what can happen when we actually put crosses in from corners instead of playing short!
— FJ (@XhakaLacaFlame) February 21, 2019
a man at work @MustafiOfficial well done. You stand for the team
— Cde Dennis Mlotshwa (@mlotshwaden) February 22, 2019
Better up front than centre back
— Louis (@LmhLouisMh) 21 February 2019
He's being useful finally
— GingerBreadMan (@donaldinho66) February 21, 2019
The Gunners were delighted to see Mustafi impress and will hope he can keep his levels up for the rest of the season.