Arsenal manager Unai Emery has hit out at criticism of under-fire defender Shkodran Mustafi, telling fans that he “doesn’t agree” with personal insults towards the German international or any of his players.
Mustafi was at fault for two Crystal Palace goals as Arsenal fell to a 3-2 home defeat last Sunday, first losing striker Christian Benteke at a free-kick before allowing WilfriedZaha to race through to score Palace’s second, and has been questioned for his performances in recent weeks.
The defeat was a missed opportunity for Arsenal to boost their hopes of finishing in the top four and qualifying for the Champions League, while Mustafi found himself on the receiving end of some of the Arsenal fans’ frustrations.
Emery’s side can take back fourth place if they win at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Wednesday and ahead of the game the Arsenal coach launched a public defence of the defender, urging fans to get behind the team during their crucial run-in.
“I know it is not easy and they are going to criticise when they are in the stadium and also when they are watching on TV,” Emery said. “But personal insults I don’t agree with. Insults I don’t want. I think it is not necessary to be insulting.”