Shkodran Mustafi states he was given little to no help in an attempt to improve his Arsenal displays by Arsene Wenger. The Germany international was signed by the French manager two years ago after the Gunners agreed a £35 million deal with Valencia.
The centre-back has struggled to convince at the heart of Arsenal’s defence and looked jittery last weekend alongside summer signing Sokratis Papastathopoulos during the 2-0 defeat against defending champions.
Arsenal face an equally challenging task against Maurizio Sarri’s new-look Chelsea team, but Shkodran Mustafi understands he is at least starting to reap the benefits of Unai Emery’s more communicative approach.
‘He [Emery] told me the positives in my game and what to work on. I’m happy because it’s difficult when you never know what to work on because no one tells you.’
‘Playing against Man City, it’s not easy to put everything you have been working on onto the pitch. ‘Maybe against other teams you can get away with one or two mistakes. The next game is Chelsea — we can’t make too many.’
‘But if you are scared of making mistakes, that’s when they happen. We have to be sure about what we want to do. ‘We are trying to play a different game from last year. If we’re confident, we’ll get results.’