Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi has called for former players to think before they speak about making negative comments in the press.
The German was speaking in relation to criticism he received from former Gunners star Emmanuel Petit towards the end of last season.
Petit went in on Mustafi after he conceded an injury time penalty against bitter rivals Tottenham at Wembley, resulting in the game ending in a draw.
“I was surprised to see Mustafi picked for that game because he is after all the king of blunders,” Petit told French outlet RMC Sport .
“Even though it shouldn’t have been a penalty because there was an offside, it’s Mustafi who gives away the penalty again.”
Mustafi is known for defensive mistakes since he signed from Valencia and Unai Emery has seemingly frozen him out of the first team this season.
He has been told that he is free to leave the Emirates and is yet to play in the Premier League this season.
But while he may not have had the best of times at the club, the World Cup winner reckons that ex-players should know better than to criticise – because they understand what it is like to play the game.
In an in-depth interview with German outlet Der Spiegel, Mustafi spoke out against his critics and claimed that social media is playing a large role in forming unflattering opinions of players.
“That annoyed me a lot,” he said.
“It’s one thing when fans or media criticise you. But it’s a different story when an ex-player who knows how hard it sometimes is in the field says so.
“I expect such players to be more sensitive and realise what this sharply worded critique can trigger.
“In the past, that might have been one day in the paper and then people would have forgotten it.
“Today it’s on the internet and will haunt me for the rest of my career.
“Actually, former players like Petit should not have to make a name for themselves by making condescending comments about current players.”