At one-point last season – probably just after he humiliated three Spurs players with an outrageous bit of skill – it appeared Arthur Masuaku was destined to reign as our left back/wing back for the foreseeable future. And yet today, many fans would seemingly be happy to drive him to any club that was willing to part with cash for him.
Pellegrini’s decision to revert to a back four has left Arthur exposed for his defensive fragility.
Too often we have conceded goals because Masuaku has switched off and failed to get close enough to his attacking counterpart. The sight of him throwing his hands up in frustration as his man sneaks in to score has infuriated fans. By his own admission he is not really a defender. And it shows.
Some would say he’d be better utilised as Anderson’s deputy on the wing, but he appears to have lost his willingness to run at the opposition, the very thing that won the adulation of the people in the first place. And when a player offers nothing going forward and less than nothing defensively it does appear that King Arthur’s reign is coming to an end.