Former Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi had an afternoon to forget on Saturday as he netted an own-goal to help Wolfsburg hammer Schalke 5-0 in the Bundesliga.
Mustafi put through his own net just past the half hour mark to hand the home side the lead, gifting them the platform to build upon.
Wolfsburg certainly took full advantage of Mustafi’s error, scoring a further four times during the second half, leaving Dimitrios Grammozis’ team rooted to the foot of the Bundesliga table and staring relegation to 2.Bundesliga in the face.
Schalke have experienced a disastrous campaign this term, winning just one of their 25 league matches, meaning they have a paltry ten points to their name.
In January, the German club bolstered their defensive options with the signing of Gunners duo Sead Kolasinac and Mustafi in the hope of tightening their defence. However, the German club’s form has continued to falter, failing to win any of their last ten league games, conceding 27 goals in the process.
Now, Mustafi has contributed to one of those 27 goals himself with an unfortunate own-goal that caught goalkeeper Frederik Ronnow by surprise. Wolfsburg worked the ball into the penalty area in the hope of getting a shot off, but a defender’s clearance looped up into the air and, for some reason, Mustafi opted to head it back towards his own goal when in a fair amount of space.
It bounced into the goal with Ronnow scrambling to his right hand side, but he had no chance in preventing the ball from going into the back of the net, meaning Wolfsburg were gifted the game’s opening goal.
Unsurprisingly, numerous Arsenal fans soon started to react on social media to Mustafi’s error, with many admitting that they were unsurprised by his mistake as they had crept into his game so frequently during the latter stages of his Arsenal career.
Below, football.london has taken a close look at what some Gunners supporters have had to say online…
As you can see from the messages above, Arsenal’s supporters have not been surprised by Mustafi’s latest error, with the defender having come in for heavy criticism during the latter stages of his career in north London.
The former Valencia man left the Emirates Stadium in January after both parties agreed to cancel his contract early, following on from the fact that he had fallen out-of-favour under Mikel Arteta.
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Mustafi’s mistake, too, may not have come as too big a surprise to former Schalke boss Christian Gross. The 66-year-old left his post in charge of the club just prior to Mustafi and Kolasinac’s January arrivals and he soon admitted that neither of them would have been brought into the club if he had still been in charge.
“I wouldn’t have signed the players we signed in the winter,” Gross told the Swiss publication Blick after Grammozis was announced as his replacement.
“I would have tried for a luckier hand. They would also not have been available for Schalke if they had been playing often for their clubs.”