Mikel Arteta aims to improve Shkodran Mustafi at Arsenal
Mikel Arteta aims to improve Shkodran Mustafi at Arsenal

Mikel Arteta aims to improve Shkodran Mustafi at Arsenal

Despite the imminent signing of Pablo Mari, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta insists Shkodran Mustafi still has a future at the club.

Mari touched down in London from Brazil on Saturday alongside Arsenal’s technical director Edu and is expected to finalize his move from Flamengo this week.

Arsenal have shipped in a whopping 34 league goals and currently have a negative two goal difference and are short of options in defense after injuries to Callum Chambers and Sokratis while David Luiz is suspended.

Arteta was asked about the future of Mustafi ahead of their clash against Bournemouth, "When he is my player and when he is training with me the way he does every day, of course.

"The plans maybe in the summer were different with him. I came here, he is here and his attitude is always right and he wants to help.

"Yes he made a mistake, but it’s OK. I like more the reaction and I look more at the reaction. I don’t believe that at 27 you cannot improve certain aspects of the game; I really believe you can.

"I work with players like this and I have team-mates like this and there is always a moment where there is a click.

Accepting a mistake

"I can accept a mistake, no problem. What I’m not going to accept is somebody makes a mistake and after he stops playing, and he doesn’t want the ball and doesn’t want to make decisions.

"That player is not acceptable for our team. But Musti after that [mistake], he tried to play every single time, he went for every single challenge and put his body on the line.

"He was down afterwards but he reacted and if he does that, he will overcome the situation. I ask him to play the way we want to play.

"He makes a mistake, another day it will be someone else. Obviously we want to minimise that as quick as possible and find the reason why that happens, but I like his reaction after that."

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