Monday 15 July 2019

Mustafi hails Emery's methods

Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi. Photo: PA
Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi. Photo: PA

Mark Mann-Bryans

Shkodran Mustafi believes Unai Emery has introduced a fine balance between freedom and discipline which has allowed Arsenal to string together a fine run of form.

The Gunners play Sporting Lisbon tonight, knowing that they will progress to the knockout rounds of the Europa League if they better the result of Group E rivals Vorskla Poltava.

Emery's side earned plenty of plaudits following Saturday's 1-1 draw at home to Liverpool, which saw Arsenal extend their unbeaten run to 14 matches.

Included in that streak was a 1-0 victory at Sporting a fortnight ago, Danny Welbeck's winner giving Arsenal control of the group.

Mustafi has yet to feature in the Europa League this season but is an ever-present in the Premier League and has been impressed with what Emery has changed.

"He's someone who really knows what he wants from each player," the Germany star said. "He tells you exactly what he wants you to do, but gives you freedom to express your talent."

Arsenal v Sporting Lisbon,

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