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Shkodran Mustafi. Photo: Getty Images

Shkodran Mustafi. Photo: Getty Images

Shkodran Mustafi. Photo: Getty Images

Shkodran Mustafi has refused to rule out remaining at Arsenal beyond the end of the season after rebuilding his relationship with the club's fanbase following his recent resurgence.

Often singled out as a scapegoat during recent Arsenal trials and tribulations, Mustafi's recent form has seen him praised by supporters and the 27-year-old admits building bridges with fans has made his return to the team easier.

"It is always important to have a good relationship with the fans but for me the main thing was to be professional," he added.

Having been told by previous boss Unai Emery that he was free to leave the club last summer and then being left out on a regular basis, Mustafi has earned a chance of reviving his Gunners career under Mikel Arteta.

The Germany international has endured a strained affiliation with Arsenal supporters since his big-money move from Valencia in 2016 and has often been derided for his defensive capability.

But, alongside David Luiz at the heart of the back four, Mustafi has played his part in three consecutive clean sheets - the first time Arsenal have enjoyed such a run in 10 months.

He again stood strong in Thursday's 1-0 Europa League round of 32 win against Olympiacos as Alexandre Lacazette's goal put Arteta's side in the driving seat to advance to the next stage.

Mustafi - who has now started the last six Arsenal games across all competitions - and should get a starting place against Everton tomorrow.


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