Monday, July 4, 2022

Mustafi: We never give up

Shkodran Mustafi says he’s hoping he can keep his 21-game unbeaten run in an Arsenal shirt going after his first goal for the club helped the Gunners to a 2-1 win over Burnley.

The World Cup winner nodded home a Mesut Ozil corner on 59 minutes to put Arsene Wenger’s men in charge at the Emirates although they required a 98th minute penalty winner from Alexis Sanchez after the visitors equalised with a stoppage time spot-kick of their own.

Reflecting after the game, the German was quick to praise the team spirit that helped Arsenal snatch three points just as a victory looked to have slipped between their fingers.

“We played in their half for most of the game and then you are a man down – it becomes difficult,” he told Sky Sports.

“I think we did well, even when it went to 1-1. In the last few games we have played, it seems like we never give up and always come back and that is a big credit to the team.”

He added of his remarkable personal record since signing from Valencia, “I hope there are a few more coming than 21!

“I am happy, it is important to go game by game and try to win, it doesn’t matter if it is the Premier League or the cup or the Champions League.

“That is what we have been doing and that is why are dangerous until the end – because we believe in ourselves and go from game to game until the end.”

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Arteta's Silky Bush

Thought this was his best game for us so far. He was excellent.

José P

Almost had a heart attack when Alexis was taking the penalty, but what a coolly taken penalty

ForeignGooner

Astonishing coolness from Alexis at the end. I would’ve committed vandalism (of my own property) if we hadn’t won that game.

Ozil's fisheye view

Same here bro, same here.

JustAGooner

He did that in copa america as well. Classic Sanchez penalty

Cyprus The Immortal Gooner

I couldn’t bear to watch but my 7 year old daughter was screaming her lungs when Alexis scored 🙂

SB

The men in black took centre stage today and its never good for the game when it happens.

The need to do something to improve the referring standards or find a way to help them.

Gandalf

they need to flash that pen thingy at them so they forget the rules and have to relearn them

NoNeck

Take the result. But the atmosphere was dull

santori

The team has a bit of that Fergie time fight to the end and nick it spirit now.

Pity large segments of our fan base are so defeatist.

If the team has the fight and belief that some of these fans show, we would been long out of it.

José P

Not sure where you were seated, I was at the clock end.. The atmosphere was much better than the other games. I was there at the NLD and couple more

santori

Mustafi has been an excellent signing. When you consider he simply came straight in and did the job, well worth the patience and wait for Valencia to agree on price. Spot on by Wenger. Remember Koscielny first season was a bundle of reds, penalties and own goals. Which brings me to Granit. Silly challenge and he needs to learn fast. But Viera had plenty of red cards too. We need a player with a bit of bite in midfield and we have one. We need to trim the rough edges a little but he is developing into such an influential… Read more »

Magneto

I agree with most of what you say.

However, whilst Vieira was no angel, he was not a dirty player either.

He was picked on by referees and treated harshly and unfairly regularly,
whilst other – English – players (Rooney being a good example) got away
with murder.

Granit(e) hard!

Well, even our worst critics (pundits) aren’t calling Xhaka a ‘dirty player’ either. Stupid?…definitely! dirty?…..no way. A dirty player is one that persistently fouls with malicious intent, or deliberately on the sly to harm, provoke reaction or gain advantage for his team. Xhaka is none of these. There was no malicious intent in any of his reds.

Now, Douglas Costa, (on field antics) defines what a dirty player is, imo.

sahil

Loved Sanchez’s reaction at the end!

mc1892

Agreed. Way he was hugging everyone didn’t strike me as the look of a man who wants a move, despite what the media are desperate to have everyone believe.

ronnie

I love this team but our ability to shoot ourselves in the foot will no doubt be the source of many gooner heart attacks. Although a panenka chip winner in the 97th minute by Alexis was extra sweet. I am really starting to enjoy our new found resolve of never giving up, never backing down. Long may it continue!

Woodnhrt

The man who doesn’t take L’s. Loved his game today. Xhaka barely touched their player and he went down holding his shin. Got him sent off by play acting and the ref didn’t award us the last min penalty even. He was forced by the linesman probably due to Mustafi went at him a bit earlier calling him embarrassing.

Ivan Drago

That run of 21 games has to be done sort of record?

Arsepedant

Not sure of our record for what the longest undefeated run is in all competitions from the start of an Aresenal career, but in league matches only it’s Jens Lehman’s 48-match unbeaten league streak after he joined.

Arsepedant

*ARSENAL, fuck me what an awful typo to make!

DöubleDöubleDöuble

He’s on a one man mission to become an Invincible. If we win the league they should give him a gold medal.

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