The German centre-back has endured a troublesome time in north London since arriving at Arsenal from Valencia in August 2016 for a price of round £35m.
Now firmly out of Unai Emery’s plans, the 27-year-old is but to seem within the Premier League this season, turning out within the EFL Cup and Europa League solely.
Such had been his struggles final season that Petit, who received the Premier League with Arsenal in 1998, mentioned after the north London derby towards Tottenham in March: ‘I was surprised to see him start. He is the king of blunders.’
This was after the German clumsily gave away a penalty late within the recreation, permitting Spurs to equalise and are available away with a draw from a recreation by which they scarcely troubled the Gunners.
Seven months later, the comment from the Frenchman continues to be irking Mustafi, as he instructed German publication Der Spiegel: ‘That irritated me loads.
‘It’s one factor when followers or the media criticise you. But it’s one thing fully totally different when an ex-player, who is aware of how arduous it’s generally on the sphere, says one thing like that.
‘I count on these gamers to be extra delicate and to see what this sharp criticism can do.
‘In the past, it might have been in the paper for a day and then people would have forgotten. Today it’s on the web and it’s going to hang-out me for the remainder of my profession.
‘Actually, former players like Petit shouldn’t have to make a reputation for themselves by making condescending feedback about present gamers.’
Mustafi has performed three matches thus far this season, towards Eintracht Frankfurt, Standard Liege and Nottingham Forest, and has stored a clear sheet in all three contests.
However, this has not stopped the criticism pouring in, with the hapless defender being voted the second worst defender on the planet, solely behind Manchester United’s Phil Jones, in a ballot run by Spanish outlet Marca.
Der Spiegel requested the Germany worldwide if he thought he was the second worst defender on Planet Earth, to which he replied: ‘No, I don’t suppose so.
‘I might give it some thought extra severely if it had been a survey among the many greatest coaches in Europe.
‘In the primary two years after my transfer to Arsenal in 2016, issues went very nicely for me. I noticed myself as a prime performer. But shortly after Christmas 2018 there was a kink.
‘I made a few mistakes and they produced a reaction that I’ve by no means skilled earlier than.’