Predicting anything in football is a tricky business but when you claim that Arsenal will lose at Huddersfield because Shkodran Mustafi is unlikely to start then it’s perhaps time to consider if you’re really paying attention in your job.

Huddersfield Town's Swiss-born Dutch defender Terence Kongolo (C) vies with Arsenal's Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira (L) and Arsenal's German defender Shkodran Mustafi during the English Premier League football match between Huddersfield Town and Arsenal at the John Smith's stadium in Huddersfield, northern England on February 9, 2019. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP)
Huddersfield Town’s Swiss-born Dutch defender Terence Kongolo (C) vies with Arsenal’s Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira (L) and Arsenal’s German defender Shkodran Mustafi during the English Premier League football match between Huddersfield Town and Arsenal at the John Smith’s stadium in Huddersfield, northern England on February 9, 2019. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP)

We all get things wrong, me more than most. There is no shame in being incorrect and predicting Arsenal to lose away is kinda like predicting the sun will come up tomorrow. That’s not the issue I have with the prediction made by James Horncastle on the Totally Football show.

It’s the reasons he gave to back up his assertion that make me go ‘wtf?!’

“I think Arsenal are going to lose,” the ESPN, BBC and BT Sport man said on the podcast before the match.

“Really?” replied host James Richardson?

“Yeah,” Horncastle said, “I’ve got this feeling. Like when you said that even [Shkodran] Mustafi was out, it’s like pfft.

“Who else is there at centre back? They’re going to have to improvise.

“[Carl] Jenkinson? I mean, the fact that Jenko’s still there…”

To think that Mustafi being out would HARM this Arsenal defence betrays a man who hasn’t been paying attention.

You’d be hard pushed to find an Arsenal fan anywhere who doesn’t want the German sold at the first viable opportunity.

Who else is there at centreback? Well, there’s Dinos Mavropanos for a start and somebody paid by three of the biggest broadcasters on the planet should know that.

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