Arsenal secured a slender advantage during the first leg of their 32 Europa League tie with Olympiacos. The Gunners won 1-0 in Athens courtesy of a goal by Alexandre Lacazette.
Mikel Arteta’s men look like a club on the up and the togetherness in the ranks is far more evident now than when Unai Emery was in charge of the team.
Arsenal were made to work for their win but they will take a crucial away goal with them back to the Emirates Stadium ahead of next week’s return fixture.
One man who looks to be reborn under Arteta’s management is centre-back Shkodran Mustafi. The German started his fifth game on the trot under the boss and is clearly relishing the chance to impress.
The 27-year-old looked to be on his way out of the club in January. He was loosely linked with a move elsewhere, although nothing concrete came about and he stuck with Arsenal.
Arteta has worked wonders with the World Cup-winning defender and he helped the Gunners to a third successive clean sheet last night.
Afterwards, the player took to Twitter to speak about the performance; sharing a snap of himself in the dressing room alongside goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
— Shkodran Mustafi (@MustafiOfficial) February 20, 2020
Mustafi earns £90,000-a-week at the Emirates Stadium. As a result, his salary might have put some clubs off making a move for the defender.
Nonetheless, it looks to have been a good thing that Arsenal have been able to keep hold of him.
The silly errors that crept into his game under Emery appear to be evaporating, with Mustafi now looking worthy of his place in the team.
Arsenal will hope that Arteta can continue working wonders with Mustafi and he maintains his recent good form.