Shkodran Mustafi explains how ‘incredible’ Mikel Arteta has inspired Arsenal squad

Arsenal FC manager Mikel Arteta
Arteta has started to turn things around at the Emirates (Picture: Getty Images)

Shkodran Mustafi says Mikel Arteta has turned around Arsenal’s future by convincing the squad of his philosophy and getting the entire team behind him.

The Gunners were marooned in mid-table when the Spaniard took over from former manager Unai Emery in December.

Several members of the team were reportedly confused by the former Spaniard’s complex instructions, leading to an unsettled dressing room.

After Emery ostracised players like Mesut Ozil, Granit Xhaka and Mustafi, the German defender believes there is a renewed sense of unity in the squad under Arteta.

‘Each one of us has benefitted from his arrival,’ Mustafi told the club’s official website.

‘He has brought a very clear identity and a very clear idea of how he wants to play football, but at the same time, he gives you space to make your own decisions because you are on the pitch and you know exactly what the coach wants from you. 

Arsenal FC defender Shkodran Mustafi
Mustafi looked set to leave Arsenal before Arteta’s arrival (Picture: Getty Images)

‘I think as well, he has been listening into the changing room and listening to the players to find out why things were not working out before.

‘Sometimes we don’t realise how difficult it is to be a coach because you have so many people that you have to make follow your idea. 

‘Sometimes players are happy, sometimes players that don’t play are not so happy, so it is not easy to have all on board and all agreeing with your ideas and philosophy.

‘But he has managed to do that and in this short period it has been something very difficult to do, but he has done it. That is why we created a bit of momentum and we are heading in the right direction.

‘I have benefitted from his arrival and his coaching. When you are 28 years old, you think you have heard everything and then a coach comes in and you still learn and hear things that you have never heard before. 

‘He has been incredible since his arrival. He has shown his aura and his personality just shows that he is so convinced of the way he thinks football should be and how he wants his team to play, and you just agree with it and soak in all the information.’

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