Shkodran Mustafi sees a future in Arsenal after reviving his career under Mikel Arteta after a bad spell
- Shkodran Mustafi has fallen out of favor under former manager Unai Emery
- However, Arteta links the German in the middle back to David Luiz
- Mustafi appeared against Olympiacos and hopes to keep his place on Sunday
Shkodran Mustafi refused to exclude him from staying in Arsenal after the end of the season after rebuilding his relationship with the club’s fan base after his recent revival.
When previous boss Unai Emery told him that he could leave the club last summer and was then regularly excluded, Mustafi earned a chance to breathe new life into his Gunners career under Mikel Arteta.
The German international has had a tense relationship with Arsenal supporters since its large money transfer in Valencia in 2016 and has often been mocked for its defensive capabilities.
Shkodran Mustafi refuses to miss the opportunity to stay in Arsenal this season
But, in addition to David Luiz, at the heart of the back four, Mustafi has played his role in three consecutive clean sheets – the first time Arsenal enjoyed such a run in 10 months.
He was again strong in Thursday’s 1-0 Europa League round with 32 wins in Olympiacos, as Alexandre Lacazette’s goal put Arteta’s side in the lead to advance to the next stage.
After the tight victory in Piraeus, Mustafi – who has now started the last six Arsenal games in all competitions – said he could now stay at the Emirates Stadium in the long run.
Asked if he saw his future in Arsenal, he answered: “Why not? I have always taken things from day to day.
‘We had a game on Thursday, we have the next important game on the weekend and as long as I play for a club – no matter which – I now play for Arsenal and I played for the previous one.
“I have always given everything right up to the last minute and when I decide or when the club and I decide that it goes ahead, I am happy to continue, if not then we must move forward.”
Often designated a scapegoat during recent Arsenal trials and trials, Mustafi’s recent form has been praised by supporters and the 27-year-old admits that building bridges with fans has made his return to the team easier.
“It’s always important to have a good relationship with the fans, but for me the most important thing was to be professional,” he added.
“To always be there for my teammates and for the club and then of course if you play well, they appreciate your performance, but it makes it easier if you have the fans behind you who support you, so I’m happy about that.”
A regular life away from the spotlights of the football field is something else that Mustafi proves that he is helping him to start his stuttering career in England.
Mustafi has regained its place in the heart of Arsenal’s defense under Mikel Arteta
“You know I think at the start of the season, not being selected, not making it to the team was difficult,” he said.
“But I am someone who tries to see the positive things more than the negatives. I think that helped me a lot.
‘My family around me – my children, my wife – because life isn’t just football. That is something that I kept remembering.
‘If you are in training every day, you play a lot of games, you get a lot of attention, but at the end of the day I am the father of two children and I also try to concentrate on this. I’m happy how things are going now.
‘I am also happy for the team because it is doing great and we are being rewarded for it. That is the most important. “