Arsenal hero Lee Dixon blasts Gunners flop – ‘He needs to have a word with himself’
Arsenal legend Lee Dixon has ordered Shkodran Mustafi to “pipe down a little bit” after donning his new hairdo and shades. Mustafi has shown major signs of improvement as he fought his way back into Mikel Arteta’s starting line-up.
He [Mustafi] seriously needs to have a word with himself and pipe down a little bit
This comes a few months after former Gunners boss Unai Emery told him to leave the club in the summer following a raft of disappointing appearances at the Emirates.
The Germany international has started in the north Londoners’ last five Premier League matches but Dixon warned him not to get ahead of himself.
The former England international blasted Mustafi over his new silver hairstyle, which he debuted during last weekend’s 3-2 win over Everton at the Emirates.
The legendary full-back advised the centre-back to “have a word with himself” and reminded him that he still has a lot more to prove at Arsenal.
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Dixon told the Handbrake Off podcast: “He [Mustafi] seriously needs to have a word with himself and pipe down a little bit.
“Bang me 25 appearances out and 15 clean sheets then he can do what he likes with his hair and his sunglasses.
“Just sit back down for a bit and carry on churning the results out.”
Mustafi was among the best of a bad bunch during Thursday’s shock Europa League elimination to Olympiakos.
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The Gunners were knocked out of the competition following a late strike by Youssef El Arabi which gave the Greek giants a 2-1 win and took them to the last 16 with a 2-2 aggregate that they won because of the away goals rule.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed a glorious chance at the death to save the hosts’ blushes shortly after scoring a stunning equaliser.
Mustafi, though, is still enjoying a new lease of life under Arteta who has taught some very valuable lessons about the game.
The 27-year-old recently said: “Even though I’ve played for many years I’m learning a lot from Mikel.
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“He speaks about stuff I’ve never heard before — simple things, but stuff that you have to remember.
“Football is so quick and so complicated these days. There is so much stuff you have to think about that sometimes you start to forget the easy things.
“Mikel is putting the basics back into the team. We still need to work on it a lot because we still complicate our lives too much.
“I think he has had a very good impact on the team.”
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