Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi say the club manager Mikel Arteta has all memeber of the squad on board and he believes the club is destined to move with greatnes under the protection of the manager.

The German defender has been reflecting on what impact Arteta has made at the club since joining in December.

“Arteta is like a little professor,” Mustafi said.”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.

“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,” he says. “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.”

Arteta tested positive for coronavirus in March which led to the postponement of Premier League fixtures.
“It was a shock,” Mustafi says. “In the beginning no one knew much about it.

Although Mustafi has not played in the Bundesliga, all eyes will be on Germany this weekend as football returns there ahead of a similar plan in England.

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