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Former Arsenal Legend Ray Parlour believes Shkodran Mustafi’s display on his debut wasn’t convincing.
Mustafi played his first game for Arsenal on Saturday, helping the team to a 2-1 victory over Southampton. Mustafi and Koscielny was at the heart of the defense that did well to restrict Southampton to scoring just one goal but Parlour says he wasn’t convinced by the German’s performance.
Parlour was one of those calling for Wenger to sign a world class in the summer transfer window and he hailed the signing when Mustafi joined Arsenal for £35m.
Wenger praised Mustafi’s performances on Saturday, claiming he can become a top-class defender for the club but Parlour has his own reservations about the player.
“It was a little bit 50-50. It was the first time that i have seen him live. He made a couple of bad mistakes. But he also looked like a real leader. that’s what they’ve missed,” Parlour said, as quoted by Sport Review.
It was Mustafi’s first game and it is only normal he made some mistakes as he is still adapting to the team’s style of play. However, we think the defender did well on Saturday and showed he has the potential to become a long-term partner to Koscielny.