Sunday, December 4, 2022

Mustafi: We made it complicated but early goal was important

Shkodran Mustafi admitted that Arsenal made life difficult for themselves against Huddersfield last night, despite the fact the 5-0 scoreline might have made it look like a walk in the park.

A period of sloppiness either side of half-time could have seen us punished, but thankfully good saves and some stout defending snuffed out the chances the visitors had.

The German international was pleased with the way we responded, however, and pointed to the third minute strike from Alexandre Lacazette as crucial for the overall complexion of the game.

“In the first half, and as well in the second half, a few passes were a bit sloppy, said Mustafi. “That complicated the game because I think the plan of Huddersfield was to stay compact and win the balls and then counter-attack, which I think they did well.

“They were quite compact, but as soon as we tidied up our passing and the ball movement we found a way through and we played some good football.

“Overall we had to step it a little bit up because in the end yes it was 5-0, but the goals came late and they could have punished us in the first half, so it was a really tough game.

“When you have home games against teams like that, that don’t put too much pressure on you and let you have the ball, they stay compact and it’s difficult to come through so it was really important to score a first quick goal.

“We did and after that we could have done a lot better, so we complicated ourselves a little but, but at the end it’s about being professional, staying concentrated and we deserved to win the game.”

But he former Valencia man would not be drawn into gushing over the Gunners run of wins at home which now stretches to 12.

“It’s fun to talk about numbers but in the end the numbers won’t help you if you don’t reach your goal in the end of the season, so it’s nice to read that, but in the end it doesn’t give you anything,” he said.

“You have to put the performance in every week and then in the end you count the numbers and see if you reached your goal or not.”

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Clarkey

Love the picture!

Goonerink

Sounds very level headed and good to hear

yen

8 games with Mustafi on the pitch, 1 goal conceded. 6 games without him, 15 goals conceded.

Speaks for itself.

Ivan Parasite

Well he is true about numbers. Can help with the study, can’t win u the league

Midgunner

Have to admit I was beginning to doubt whether he was of right quality but very happy to be proved wrong.

If he can keep this up, along with Kos and Nacho, then thats a pretty solid base to build on.

He seems to have cut out those over-ambitious hollywood balls as well. Really impressed since his comeback.

ronaldo

arsenal always make it complicated

Possession

He’s staying on his feet more , except when jumping for a header of course, and looking very good. Wonder why we were apparently so close to selling him ?

shokim

Someone said that his partner was unhappy in London.

swing

Mustafi himself said that the media was talking shit abt selling him, gotta love the guy.

ritabhash

Loving Mustafi even more with each passing game. Give him a couple of seasons and he will be the lynchpin of this defence.

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