Jamie Redknapp: Arsenal miss this player but it’s no excuses for dismal run

Jamie Redknapp delivers his verdict on Arsenal's recent dip in form in the Premier League

Jamie Redknapp has admitted that Arsenal have been missing Shkodran Mustafi in recent games but says his absence is not an excuse for their recent poor run of form.

The north London side were beaten 2-1 by Manchester City on Sunday just days after they lost 2-1 to Everton at Goodison Park.

Those defeats have left Arsenal a staggering nine points behind leaders Chelsea in the Premier League title race heading into the hectic festive period.

Mustafi has been ruled out of action for a number of weeks after suffering a hamstring injury.

The summer signing had been a regular fixture in the Arsenal side following his move to the club from Valencia back in August.

But although Redknapp acknowledges that Mustafi has been a big miss for the Gunners, he feels that they cannot blame their dip in form on his absence.

Writing in his column for The Daily Mail, Redknapp said: “What a nightmare week this has been for Arsenal. It started on Monday when they drew Bayern Munich in the Champions League, continued at Goodison Park when they were beaten by Everton and was finished off Sunday with another defeat at City.

“In the space of seven days, Arsenal have gone from second place and three points behind Chelsea to fourth and just a point clear of Tottenham in fifth.

“Arsenal do miss Shkodran Mustafi – there is a little more panic at the back when he has not played – but they cannot use that as an excuse.

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“Twice in successive matches they have thrown away leads and, if they are to win the title, they need to be able to see games out.”

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