Mighty Mustafi


Is it possible to assess the effect of a player upon the future of Arsenal FC after just a few games? Normally No, but every so often a player just ….. fits.

Think back to April 1996. We were playing Sheffield Wednesday (what happened to them?) and losing 1-0 when Ray Parlour got injured. Onto the pitch came a lanky French kid as his replacement and by half time, just 17 minutes, we knew we were witnessing the arrival of Wenger’s Arsenal. Despite Wrighty scoring a hatrick PV4 was named MotM.


It would be hyperbole to say that Mustafi will make a similar impact at AFC but he has done all we could ask so far. As I wrote above – he fits. In just a few weeks he has  meshed with Kos into a fine CB partnership. BFG, Gabriel and Holding will struggle to get pitch time as a CB pairing are rarely rotated.

There have been concerns about our lack of height at set pieces and we do appear to be vulnerable;  at Burnley, Vokes could and should have scored plus some blob hit the bar. Kos and Xhaka are both 6´1″ and Mustafi just 6´0″. Santi, Sanchez, Theo, Bellerin, Monreal etc are all under 5´10″. I guess we will have to rely on our massive GK who stands at 6´5″!

€35m makes Mustafi the 4th most expensive defender in world football, today it appears to be money well spent. Who would you prefer – David Luiz, John Stones, Mangala, Ottamendi or Mustafi? BTW Mangala is out on a season’s loan at Valencia which is why we haven’t seen much of the oaf.


What do I like about Mustafi? His positional awareness is excellent, his passing conversion averages over 85%, he is not afraid to carry the ball, he is vocal and already bosses the defence, his tackling is powerful and the man will not be bullied- will he Mr Costa?

What I do not like is his first name …. Shkodran. What kind of a parent names their kid Shkodran? What is wrong with Peter or Michael or Brian? And yes, I know his parents are Albanian – it doesn’t excuse them.

I rarely make predictions but here is one – Mustafi will be the next Captain of Arsenal. He is that good.

written by Big Raddy

87 Responses to Mighty Mustafi

  1. chas says:

    Excellent, BR.

    Mustafi does look as though he was born to play in red and white.
    Early signs are very promising.

    The price tag these days is almost irrelevant with all the money sloshing around the Prem.
    How good is it that we can finally pay an inflated price simply because the player is rated so highly by the manager?
    Obviously he was available but only at that price, unlike others who weren’t available at any price (regardless of the bleating of a few).

    How on earth were the negotiations for Sideshow Bob carried out? We paid you 50 m, the least you can do is allow us to only lose 15m on the deal.

    As for Paddy, what a fine excuse to put this video up for the umpteenth time. 🙂

  2. VP of Oz says:

    With Chelsea desperate for a defender and wanting to bid 60mil on Bonucci at Juventus after having Napoli reject 58mil for Koulibaly it’s funny how the media were all focused on Arsenal defensive woes and desperation at start of season but almost nothing on Chelsea. Even after paying a tidy sum for Louis, they are still in strife.
    So 35mil for Mustafi is a master stroke let alone the 2mi for Holding which is just genius when you compare the caliber of quality/value to a (IMO inferior) Stones.

  3. VP of Oz says:

    As for the graphs at the end of the previous blog, again, it’s funny how the 3 main title contenders are now ManC, Lpool & Arsenal. Then way back in distant 4th are Spuds who are still undefeated, just beat ManC and are in 2nd place but already are not seen to be in the title race. LOL!

  4. VP of Oz says:

    And still on the last blog and RA’s last comment. It reminded me of a word riddle –
    What’s a four letter word?
    That only relates to women
    And ends in _UNT

  5. VP of Oz says:



  6. JM says:

    The next generation of top quality defenders in their national and club teams after Höwedes, Hummels and Boateng ;; Mustafi, Matthias Ginter and Jonathan Tah (in this order of similar resemblance).

  7. GunnerN5 says:

    When my wife found out that I’d replaced the sofa with a trampoline she hit the roof………………….

  8. GunnerN5 says:

    A rich, beautiful young lady was being driven by her chauffeur when they got a flat tyre. He attempted to remove the hubcap with a tyre iron but after struggling for a while the young lady leaned out of the window and said “would you like a screwdriver”.

    The chauffeur responded “We may as well, because I can’t get this bloody hubcap off”

  9. Eddie says:

    ppppphhh Raddy, next captain? That’s a tall order especially until we have Koscielny in the squad. But I give you that – at 24 he is exceptionally good, one would never know he is a new team member. Fits like a glove and does a terrific job. I like his name and I liked all the Albanians until bastards robbed me blind!

    Another question mark about your otherwise great post is the height of Santi, Bellerin, Theo and Sanchez and Nacho – Nacho is the tallest of them at 5’8″ 🙂 bless the little darlings, especially my Santi

    All in all – good post, thanks and good purchase from Wenger, thanks.

  10. TotalArsenal says:

    Cheers BR – great post about a great prospect, and yes what a fine start he has made at Arsenal. Early days of course and we need to see how he will respond when he makes his first big/costly mistake. The ability to quickly overcome this is key for a CB imo.

    Height is overrated, as a big leap and excellent timing can also make a big difference and our CBs have the latter two alright. I think the game is changing and CBs now need to be very mobile and dynamic, aggressive AND excellent passers, good readers of the game and intelligent. I sometimes feel that the good CBs now look more like DMs…. a bit like Vieira 😉

  11. TotalArsenal says:

    And whether he gets the armband or not, he is a born leader and could not stop himself even if he wanted to. What I love is that Mustafi’s extrovert personality and playing style is allowing King Koz to play the more sensible and senior CB role without giving up on his natural bite and hunger to dominate attackers. The way this CB pairing is developing is very, very encouraging for Arsenal. KosMus ruler of time and space! 🙂

  12. mickydidit89 says:

    Thanks Erik

    I don’t think there’s anywhere else on the pitch like the central defenders, where understanding is so important, which makes it all the more remarkable how quickly Mustafi has settled in alongside Kos.

    Ok, they haven’t been tested because we keep thrashing teams, but it’s been a great opportunity for them to get to know each other and for the partnership to gel before sterner tests ahead.

    Like you, I reckon the signs are really positive, and he certainly appears to be captain material.

  13. Eddie says:

    chas – I used google converter; google meters to feet and type 1.78. The answer is 5.839895. Now, is it 5’8″ or is it 0.839895th of a foot?
    No idea, I can only do metric 🙂

  14. Eddie says:

    UKIP ha ha ha ha 🙂

  15. Big Raddy says:

    Eddie. UKIP are no laughing matter.

    Brexit was a triumph for them.

    Still enough of politics, Hoping Wales smash Austria. and Iceland do the same to Finland.

  16. mickydidit89 says:

    Italy Spain is on ITV4 if that’s your sort of thing

  17. Eddie says:

    I wanted Spain to win until I’ve seen costa on the pitch grabbing an Italian by the neck

    Raddy – UKIP are going through some turmoil which makes me giggle. They conned gullible citizens, such as Didit into beliving they will be better off out of Europe

  18. mickydidit89 says:

    Eddie Dearest
    I never once listened to a single word uttered by UKIP.

  19. mickydidit89 says:

    Then Theo must have sped up, because I’m pretty sure Bell overtook him at some point

  20. chas says:

    Beware bad language

  21. Big Raddy says:

    Or Hector has slowed down. Could be the detrimental affect of dating beautiful women

  22. Big Raddy says:

    chas. Is that written by the Labour leader Mr. Corbyn?

  23. mickydidit89 says:

    Funny that Erik, as most chaps seem to speed up the better looking the lady

  24. mickydidit89 says:

    Who’s the gunner hanging out with ambassadors?

  25. mickydidit89 says:

    Ooo, good guess Erik

  26. chas says:

    Here’s the tweet.
    Didn’t want to put any of you UKIP followers off with the mention of the Labour party. 🙂

  27. Eddie says:

    it is not as if you were to admit you attended their annual conference, is it Didit?

    bloody boring game and I missed the only goal. Good night!

  28. Big Raddy says:

    Iceland win after scoring two goals after 90 mins. Wales almost made it a double but let down by silly defending.

  29. mickydidit89 says:

    Ooo goodie, goodie, we’re on Brexit again are we? 🙂

    Funnily enough Chas, proper Labour lefties voted out. Corbyn is an outer, and quite right he is too, just remember the Tony Benn Out speech.

    Now, of course, yer educated, white, pinko, leftie, champagne sodden, Guardian reading hipsters sided with Cameron. Fact.

    What an excellent start to my morning, and I’m much better 🙂


  30. chas says:

    Post-Brexit Britain

  31. mickydidit89 says:

    ha ha ha

    What a fine bunch of free independent thinkers they look 🙂 🙂

  32. mickydidit89 says:

    Oh that’s brilliant 🙂

    “Hello, my name is Holly Ell…oh fack shitballs”

  33. chas says:

  34. chas says:


  35. mickydidit89 says:

    You come up with some sensational stuff off Twitter. I’d understand if it was all Arsenal linked, but how do you search for such diverse material because I thought you could only search posters rather than topics such as “weird shit and the like”

  36. chas says:

    How are you getting on with the Mother vinegar.
    Isn’t it meant to stop you getting poorly?

  37. chas says:

    I don’t ‘search’ for anything.
    Just follow a couple of hundred peeps and it gets delivered to your doorstep like an old bottle of milk. 🍼

  38. mickydidit89 says:

    Even The Mother is helpless if one morning you awake to find that in the night someone belted you over the head with a very heavy object

    Other than that, it’s brilliant for me and brilliant for Dotty. My apples are not quite ready yet (we’re quite high, and they’re late fruiters) but I will try to make my own

  39. mickydidit89 says:

    As we get to Friday, and the full horror of an Arsenalless weekend dawns, how strong is the temptation for a full on no holds barred pretendy?

  40. Eddie says:

    I voted out for a joke. Very fooking funny.

    I have 4 sets of apples brewing, all stopped smelling of booze and started to smell awful. I think another week or 2 and I can start drinking it. Don’t know why as all my illnesses are incurable, but hey, for protection I suppose.

    Arsene should brew it for the team. I wonder if he does?

  41. chas says:

    Pretendy Friday Night Football planning meeting scheduled for early doors tonight.

  42. chas says:

    How come you were allowed to vote?

  43. chas says:

    How’s your tennis elbow responding?

  44. Eddie says:

    I thought you used to pretend you were at a game.
    Now you took it further – you are pretending there is a game.
    What next?

  45. mickydidit89 says:

    What’s gone wrong with Brexit so far?

    Vinegar. Did you add anything other than water?

  46. Eddie says:

    chas – there is nothing in the law that forbids mad people voting. DidIt voted too

  47. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    I will be interested to read about the Mother vinegar and Rasp’s elbow.

  48. Eddie says:

    micky – pound collapsed yesterday, but hey it only affects thousand of small businesses dealing with Europe, who cares?

    Brexit hasn’t happened yet.

    The worst thing is that you Little Englanders wanted Brexit to stop influx of foreigners coming to this country. That is not going to happen

    I followed a recipe and added some sugar.

  49. Big Raddy says:

    Pound down to it’s lowest point in 35 years and likely to fall further. Don’t start me on the effect of Brexit.

  50. Big Raddy says:

    Fight, Fight ….

    Me and Eddie against those Exiters. They haven’t got a hope.

  51. chas says:

    It’s just that I thought ‘foreigners’ were discouraged in the new Tory vision of post-Brexit Britain. So am surprised they allowed you to vote.

  52. chas says:

    Nowt to do with being bonkers.

  53. Eddie says:

    Raddy – that’s because you and I are Europeans, cosmopolitan and free thinking. The rest of them are not.

  54. Eddie says:

    chas – I didn’t ask permission, just went to the polling station hoping they will try to stop me and I can kick off. Nothing happened, they just made sure I ticked the bottom box. Even said thank you

  55. chas says:

    Ah, I suppose they assumed from your name you’d take the sensible option. 💅

  56. Eddie says:

    they assumed nothing. They subjected me to pre-voting brain washing, assuring me that ‘they don’t mind the Poles’ (yes, they fooking do), and describing immigrants and ‘vile and stinking’. I swear on my mother’s life that that’s exactly what they were telling me and other voters.

  57. Big Raddy says:

    Eddie 7.57 14.5m Brits are, unfortunately 15m Brits aren’t.

  58. Eddie says:

    Raddy – I meant chas and Didit 🙂 and probably rasp and LB.

  59. mickydidit89 says:

    Oh still on Brexit. Yumee 🙂

    Hey Eddie
    Which currency do you think is more vulnerable to a complete collapse, the £ or the €?
    If you answer £, I think you are wrong

  60. mickydidit89 says:

    Pound even lower? Seriously good news for small businesses who can now afford to export.

  61. mickydidit89 says:

    Oh god, I haven’t even started on the Statist bit. So much fun to be had 🙂

  62. mickydidit89 says:

    Hey, football chatists
    I didn’t start it, Eddie and Erik did 🙂

    Theo shoehorned through the middle? 🙂

  63. Eddie says:

    small businesses reported that their profits will fall on average by 20% due to the low pound. I am glad Mr Didit finds it funny

    Pound crashing has little to do with Brexit, it is the Asian market that started to collapse, long overdue if you ask me. Strangely though it all coincided with Theresa May’s announcement of the Brexit schedule.

  64. mickydidit89 says:

    Honestly Eddie, I don’t find things funny at all.

    I think we, in the West (US, Europe), are in really big trouble politically, socially and economically. Please don’t think I voted away from EU on grounds of immigration or any economic gains.

  65. GunnerN5 says:

    Most men turn into good drivers –

    So ladies be aware of men turning corners!!

  66. GunnerN5 says:

    Seems like I’m flogging a dead horse with my little funnies – but I will continue to flog until I, at least, get a smiley………….

  67. GunnerN5 says:

    A young man takes his new girlfriend home to meet his Dad and say’s –

    “Hi Dad this is my girlfriend Amanda”

    His Dad responds “It’s a what”?

  68. mickydidit89 says:

    ha ha ha
    no smiley face
    More is good

  69. mickydidit89 says:

    ok 6 o’clock
    Tools downed for the weekend
    What’s the plan? Are England playing and do we care?
    Arsenal Ladies got a game?

  70. mickydidit89 says:

    Here’s the menu for tomorrow afternoon:

    England v Mighty Malta at football or
    S Africa v All Blacks at Rugger

    ? 🙂

  71. Big Raddy says:

    At least there is the cricket and GN5’s jokes 😀

  72. chas says:

    Friday Night Football pretendy in full swing. 😆

  73. chas says:

    We’re two up within 18 minutes, by the way.
    It’s feckin great. 😆

  74. chas says:

    Theo just missed a sitter to make it three.

  75. chas says:

  76. chas says:

    Weak link – hmmmmmmmmmmm.

  77. Eddie says:

    what’s the score chas?

  78. Eddie says:

    I wrote a little piece, as promised for tonight’s game, where shall I send it? nuts are no longer working. Shall I send it to you chas?

  79. mickydidit89 says:


    Afraid I can’t help as I have the same email address as you ie Arsenalnuts@live.co.uk

    And, morning absolutely everyone 🙂

  80. mickydidit89 says:

    If anyone else wants to get in the zone before going surfing, then watching the world surf is useful


  81. Eddie says:

    thanks micky, I sent it to nuts.

  82. mickydidit89 says:

    did you have the wrong address?

  83. chas says:


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