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Former Liverpool star and football pundit Jamie Carragher blasted Shkodran Mustafi following Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat at the hands of reigning champions Manchester City on Sunday, claiming that the German has been below-par ever since the day he arrived.
Laurent Koscielny took advantage of some sloppy City defending to cancel out Sergio Aguero’s first-minute strike but the Argentine netted his 10th Premier League hat-trick to put the game to bed.
City targeted Mustafi and Stephan Lichtsteiner on the right-hand side of Arsenal’s defence, with manager Pep Guardiola sensing a weakness in the combination of the duo.
Arsenal slipped to 6th in the standings as a result of that defeat and Carragher was not at all impressed with the quality of the defending.
‘That’s not just today. Lichtsteiner is not good enough. Maybe you could argue because of his age.
‘But the fellow next to him, Mustafi, has never been good enough since the day he walked in the door and that’s the reason why all the goals come down there.
‘To see Arsenal defend like that, there’s a big job there for Unai Emery to do.
Meanwhile, Emery has called upon his players to respond to the defeat when they make the trip to Huddersfield Town next week.
‘They showed their superiority in 90 minutes,’ the Spaniard said after Arsenal’s defeat. ‘They held their level in 90 minutes and our level in the second half was worse than the first.
‘Our challenge now is the next week, continue to work and improve, and think how we can work and be better.