Shkodran Mustafi reveals how Mesut Ozil has reacted to Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal regime

Mesut Ozil has been revitalised at Arsenal following the appointment of Mikel Arteta
Mesut Ozil has been revitalised at Arsenal following the appointment of Mikel Arteta (Picture: Getty)

The Arsenal squad has been so taken with Mikel Arteta that even Mesut Ozil has benefited, according to Shkodran Mustafi.

The former Gunners skipper was appointed as Unai Emery’s permanent replacement in December after serving as Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City for three-and-a-half years.

While Arsenal’s league position has improved only marginally, Arteta has overseen a dramatic improvement in the team’s performances, while his man management skills have helped reserect the careers of expensive misfits like Mustafi and Granit Xhaka.

Ozil, too, who fell out with Emery, has been welcomed back into the fold by his former teammate, dubbed ‘Little Professor’ by Mustafi.

‘He’s a little like a professor,’ Mustafi told Sky Sports News. ‘He knows exactly where he wants the players to be when on the ball and how to react when losing the ball. It’s very special.

Shkodran Mustafi has dubbed Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta a 'little professor'
Shkodran Mustafi has dubbed Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta a ‘little professor’ (Picture: Getty)

‘When I pass I am usually only focused on where to be if we lose the ball but he wants me to contribute offensively too. So we constantly need to make an option for the player on the ball.

“When you are 28 and you play in different countries with other coaches you think you know everything but then he came in and there are things I’ve never known before.

‘Sometimes we don’t realise what a difficult job it is. From 25 players maybe 20 agree with the coach and five still think we should play different. Since Mikel has come in he has 25 players on board and this is not easy to achieve.

‘Everyone understands and everything he says makes sense. There is nothing we can complain about. Everyone has benefited, even Mesut.’

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