Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta believes that he can improve the performances of defender Shkodran Mustafi and curb his defensive mistakes on the playing field.
The Germany international has struggled to find the consistency in his displays during his three-and-a-half seasons with the Gunners and he has been susceptible to defensive errors which have cost the club dearly in the form of points.
As a result, he has been criticised by a section of the club’s supporters and that same trend continued last week where he contributed towards David Luiz’s sending off at Chelsea after a poor backpass to the goalkeeper which Tammy Abraham capitalised upon.
Speaking ahead of the FA Cup fourth round clash at Bournemouth, Arteta was asked whether he can change the direction of Mustafi’s career and he spoke positively stating that there is room for improvement for a player even at the age of 27.
“Absolutely. It’s my job to do that. I don’t believe that at 27 you cannot improve certain aspects of the game. I really believe that you can. I’ve worked with players like this, I’ve had team-mates like this and there is always a moment where there is a click,” he was quoted as saying by Goal.com.
Mustafi managed to redeem himself with a solid display after Luiz’s red card at Stamford Bridge and Arteta was quick to mention the same while praising the attitude of the German since his appointment as the manager of the club.
Sokratis has recovered from his illness which saw him miss the past two league games and he could make his comeback for the Monday night clash at the Vitality Stadium. One of Shkodran Mustafi or Rob Holding should partner him at the heart of the defence, given David Luiz will be suspended for one game following his sending off at Chelsea.