Shkodran Mustafi says that speculation over the future of Arsene Wenger is difficult for the players, and that it’s almost impossible for them to avoid it.
Perhaps people forget that players are actually people, young men with social media profiles themselves, and given how ubiquitous coverage of the manager’s future is, it’s something they’re exposed to on a regular basis.
But German internation believes they have to be professional, and concentrate on the job they’re paid to do.
“It is difficult, but we are professionals,” he told BT Sport.
“We are not only paid for playing football but to be professional as well. It’s part of our job to have a little bit thicker skin.
“But in the days that we live in now, it is difficult because you see it everywhere, on TV, then you have social media where you see a lot of things.
“Sometimes you don’t want to see it, even when you want to just text with friends or look at pictures that your family posted or whatever.
“You get to see pictures that maybe you don’t want to see and then you read them and it might give you a bit of thinking that you should not think about.
“We’re professionals and we get paid for that as well, to be professional on that part as well, not only on the pitch.
“The most important thing is to close the ears and focus ourselves on what’s happening on the pitch.”
The Gunners face West Ham tonight, looking for only their second win in seven league games, a run which has left us outside the top four.
It’s an important game, but as with everything at the moment the issue of Wenger’s future looms over everything, with no hint from the Frenchman or the club as to when there might be some clarity.