Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi has spoken about life at the Emirates Stadium under Mikel Arteta before touching on his future with the Gunners, in conversation with Sky Sports.
The Germany international looked set to depart Arsenal after being deemed surplus to requirements by former Gunners boss Unai Emery and told to find a new club last summer.
Arteta’s appointment in December, however, offered Mustafi the chance to start afresh, and he now has a new lease of life at the Emirates, having repaid the Spaniard’s faith with a series of impressive displays alongside David Luiz.
Despite his recent improvements, Mustafi’s current deal is due to expire at the end of the 2020-21 season, and with William Saliba set to arrive in the summer, both Mustafi and Arsenal will have decisions to make regarding the player’s future.
While the £35million man is enjoying life under Arteta, he admits there are “still many question marks” over the future, particularly amid the current global health crisis.
“I’ve played more regularly under Mikel Arteta, also in the Premier League. That has really helped me. I feel very good. I understand his style of football, how he likes to play, that really fits me,” Mustafi told Sky in Germany.
“The way he is at his age, that has really surprised me, I don’t know if after four years, I could be that serious and have a charisma like his to lead a team.
“He is managing that very well. I feel that in this short amount of time I already learned some new things that help my game. I can imagine continuing to play for him. But we still don’t know about the future. There are still many question marks.”
Mustafi is one of the biggest beneficiaries of Emery’s departure and Arteta’s arrival at Arsenal, going from a banished player to a defender reborn and doing well, with many fans having warmed to him once again.
However, with his £90,000-a-week contract set to expire in 15 months, the next transfer window will be the last one in which they can realistically recoup a decent fee for him, should they choose to sell him.
That said, with Mustafi now enjoying life at Arsenal once again and particularly enjoying playing for Arteta, it certainly bodes well for the future should they wish to retain his services.