Arsenal fans haven’t been shy to voice their feelings on Shkodran Mustafi, something that even in pre-season caused discussion.
Unai Emery looked to prefer a partnership of Sokratis and Calum Chambers at the heart of the defence during the off-season and that was again the case against Newcastle on Sunday afternoon.
Yet, following the signing of David Luiz from Chelsea on transfer deadline day, the Spanish boss left Mustafi out of the squad entirely.
It was news that caused debate among supporters at the Emirates Stadium with some appearing absolutely delighted that he wouldn’t feature.
One fan focused upon the German’s relationship with his manager, suggesting Emery really did want him to leave. Another supporter said it finally gave them a reason to relax.
A further individual said that leaving Mustafi out hopefully meant he was going to leave the club.
Not selecting the 27-year-old represents quite the statement from Emery who hinted that he could well depart last week.
Here’s the best of the reaction from before Arsenal kicked off in their opening fixture of the campaign.
No Mustafi in the squad…..Huge W ? https://t.co/bHmnHP6Qhx
— CL (@connorlynch_11) August 11, 2019
Mustafi not even on the bench SAYS A LOT. Emery really does want him gone.
— Lucy ? (@LGooner11) August 11, 2019
No Mustafi so we can all relax
— McNamee’s Photography (@German_McNamee) August 11, 2019
Knee sliding in my Grandad’s garden, Mustafi https://t.co/1fzGKCxbMO
— Reese ✨ (@khareesei) August 11, 2019
The most exciting part of the match day squad is the fact there’s no Iwobi and Mustafi for the first time in years. Onwards and upwards
— L (@SaucyLaca) August 11, 2019
Willock, Nelson starting … no mustafi we’re eating good tonight boys
— owen afc (@owen_afc1) August 11, 2019
Mustafi on his way out hopefully
— Greg (@GB_AFC_WGC) August 11, 2019
Mustafi didn’t make the squad at all ? Wow Emery really don’t like the guy
— Charles (@iAmMagiic) August 11, 2019
The lineup may not be the best, but no Mustafi is a plus. ?
— Deen (@Dxeen) August 11, 2019
Emery is literally done with Mustafi, you love to see it
— season of the witch (@obvszee) August 11, 2019