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Mikel Arteta urges Arsenal to offer Shkodran Mustafi a new deal with the defender in the last year of the deal

“I’m very happy with him as you can see”: Mikel Arteta urges Arsenal to offer Shkodran Mustafi a new deal with the defender in the last year of his contract

  • Shkodran appeared to leave Emery Arsenal earlier this season
  • However, the defender has become an important starting player for Mikel Arteta
  • The defender narrowed down his mistakes and started every game since the lockdown
  • Arteta wants a new deal for the German, whose current contract will expire in 2021

Shkodran Mustafi’s stunning turnaround at Arsenal could bring him a new deal, with boss Mikel Arteta aiming to secure the German’s future.

Mustafi Gunners’ reputation bottomed out earlier this season with Unai Emery giving him only one appearance in the first 18 Premier League games before backline injuries forced a disastrous return to the league in December.

The costly mistakes of signing 2016 were all too familiar, as fans lost patience with the 28-year-old, who seemed unlikely to end 2020 in a red shirt.

Shkodran Mustafi appears to be lining up for new Arsenal deal after phone call from Mikel Arteta

Shkodran Mustafi appears to be lining up for new Arsenal deal after phone call from Mikel Arteta

The German's first half of the season was tough and came under increasing pressure from fans

The German's first half of the season was tough and came under increasing pressure from fans

The German’s first half of the season was tough and came under increasing pressure from fans

The defender shone under Mikel Arteta and played a key role in his 3-4-3 formation

The defender shone under Mikel Arteta and played a key role in his 3-4-3 formation

The defender shone under Mikel Arteta and played a key role in his 3-4-3 formation

However, Mustafi was a revelation during the rebuilding of Arteta’s Gunners, who started 11 of the last 12 games and impressed in Arteta’s new 3-4-3 formation, prompting the Spaniard to call a new deal.

“The club must do something about that, but he knows my opinion,” said Arteta.

“I’m very happy with him, as you can see. The way he plays, how involved he is in everything we try to do, the level in his performance ever three or four days, he’s been really consistent. ‘

Mustafi has taken over Arteta's plans to revolutionize a damaging culture at Arsenal

Mustafi has taken over Arteta's plans to revolutionize a damaging culture at Arsenal

Mustafi has taken over Arteta’s plans to revolutionize a damaging culture at Arsenal

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