Shkodran Mustafi has reaffirmed Arsenal’s new mentality under coach Unai Emery as the Gunners head into a Premier League clash with Huddersfield at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
Mustafi has revealed that once Emery’s outfit have assessed the merits or otherwise from the last game they have played, they immediately switch their attention to the next game in hand.
And after the 2-2 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday night in the top flight, Mustafi’s comments showed they have the Terriers on their mind to conclude a three-match league game stretch that started with a resounding 4-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the North London derby on Sunday.
The draw against Jose Mourinho’s side means the Gunners have now stretched their unbeaten run in all competitions to 20 games — with the only reverses coming at home to Manchester City in the opening game of the season and a week later when they went to Chelsea.
And reflecting on missing out on a victory and the spoils to boost their league standing in the table, Mustafi – snapped up by Arsenal from Valencia in 2016 for £35million — said:
“We tried everything to get the three points and take the three points home. We went in front, conceded and then went in front again. Then we conceded and that’s where we have to be a little bit cleverer.
“We should’ve been aware of the danger and not conceded the second one. At the end of the day, we’ve had two big games against Tottenham at the weekend and then Manchester United away, and we’ve got four points from them. I think we can move on from that.”
The central defender, who saw partner Rob Holding taken off on a stretcher with a knee injury during the encounter at the Theatre of Dreams wasn’t prepared to look for excuses for not being able to win against United after the energy-sapping efforts of the game against Spurs just three days before.
“United had a game at the weekend as well. When you play a derby, you probably give 110 per cent, but we’re not here to look for excuses. I think we could’ve done better and we had a lot of opportunities when we were going forward and we were quite dangerous.
“We put in a lot of crosses, especially down our left side. If we were a little bit luckier, we could’ve got all three points, but we have to take the point. It was important not to lose it. We take the draw and we go into the next game.”
That next game is against the Huddersfield and Mustafi will be urging his team-mates to knuckle down and snatch a win. Last season the Gunners managed to beat the visitors 5-0 at home and picked up a win in Yorkshire on what was Arsene Wenger’s last game as boss of the side on the final day of the league campaign.