Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has recently been speaking about Shkodran Mustafi, and how impressed he has been with the stopper of late.
Mustafi’s Arsenal stint
It is fair to say that Mustafi has had something of an up and down stint in north London.
The German joined the Gunners in the summer of 2016 from Valencia, for a fee believed to be around £36m.
However, Mustafi has since, for the most part, struggled to live up to this price-tag.
The 28-year-old, throughout his Arsenal career, has been extremely inconsistent, with his frequent errors and poor judgment having cost Arsenal numerous goals.
When the 2019/20 campaign began, meanwhile, Mustafi found himself very much on the fringes of Arsenal’s squad, leading to speculation in January that the stopper was seeking a move elsewhere.
Arteta on Mustafi
A move, in the end, did not pan out, with Mustafi now, much to the surprise of many who follow Arsenal, a key figure under Mikel Arteta.
Mustafi has started in 11 of the north Londoners’ last 12 league outings, and to Arteta’s credit, he has actually got the former Valencia man playing pretty well.
In fact, in their last five outings, Arsenal have conceded just two goals.
Now, with Mustafi having less than a year left to run on his current deal, Arteta was recently drawn on the possibility of the club handing the centre-back an extension.
And whilst Arteta didn’t outright state that he wants Mustafi to stay, the Spaniard did reveal that the defender ‘knows his opinion’.
Arteta also went on to praise Mustafi, hinting that he is a fan of the German’s talents, and wants him to remain at the Emirates:
“That’s something the club has to address but he knows my opinion.
“I’m really happy with him as you can see. The way he’s playing, how committed he is with everything we’re trying to do, the level in his performance ever three or four days, he’s been really consistent.”
Quotes via Goal.
This article was edited by Conor Laird.
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