David Luiz has told Football London that he is happy for Shkodran Mustafi after the German grasped his latest chance to impress boss Mikel Arteta with both hands.
Some calamitous defending throughout the campaign had threatened to end his Arsenal career. Some clubs were loosely linked with a move for Mustafi in January but nothing concrete emerged.
The 27-year-old is now back in the team, playing the full 90 minutes in each of Arsenal’s last four games.
His central defensive partner, Luiz knows what it’s like to receive criticism and has spoken of his pride at seeing his team-mate’s resurgence.
He told Football London: “I am happy for him. I am a defender, I understand when the team loses it is always the defenders and the goalkeeper.
“He is a great player and a great guy. He is improving every single day, but we are going to talk always about the same thing. The defender now in football is the strikers.
“It’s up to us to improve as a team and then after that, every individual is going to receive the credit.”
Mustafi is improving and he must keep his foot to the pedal now as far as his form is concerned.
The £90,000-a-week enforcer can still be a hit at the Emirates Stadium and Arteta’s arrival has given everyone a new lease of life.
Mustafi has won the World Cup with Germany and collected 20 caps for the national team during his career.
He has 130 Arsenal appearances to his name and right now he seems to be striking up a decent partnership with Luiz.
The pair helped the Gunners towards a 4-0 victory on Sunday and there is hope that maybe Arteta has found a solid central defensive partnership for the rest of this season at least.
Mustafi will still have his doubters but if he keeps earning chances to impress, it’s down to him to prove his critics wrong.