‘I’m really happy with him as you can see’: Mikel Arteta urges Arsenal to offer Shkodran Mustafi a new deal with defender in final year of his contract
- Shkodran looked set to leave Arsenal earlier this season under Unai Emery
- However, the defender has become a key starting player for Mikel Arteta
- The defender has cut down his errors and started every game since lockdown
- Arteta wants a new deal for the German, whose current contract expires in 2021
Shkodran Mustafi’s stunning turnaround at Arsenal could see him land a new deal, with boss Mikel Arteta keen to secure the German’s future.
Mustafi’s Gunners reputation hit rock-bottom earlier this season with Unai Emery granting him just one appearance in the first 18 Premier League fixtures before injuries in the back-line forced a disastrous return to league action in December.
The 2016 signing’s costly mistakes were all too familiar, as fans lost patience with the 28-year-old, who looked unlikely to finish 2020 in a red shirt.
Shkodran Mustafi looks set to be in line for a new Arsenal deal after call from Mikel Arteta
The German’s first half of the season was rough, coming under increasing pressure from fans
The defender has shone under Mikel Arteta, playing a key role in his 3-4-3 formation
However, Mustafi has been a revelation amid Arteta’s Gunners rebuild, starting 11 of the last 12 matches and impressing in Arteta’s new 3-4-3 formation, leading the Spaniard to call for a new deal.
‘That’s something the club has to address but he knows my opinion,’ Arteta said.
‘I’m really happy with him as you can see. The way he’s playing, how committed he is with everything we’re trying to do, the level in his performance ever three or four days, he’s been really consistent.’
Mustafi has bought into Arteta’s plans to revolutionise a damaging culture at Arsenal