It’s safe to say that Unai Emery is feeling the pressure, and it’s also safe to say that Shkodran Mustafi isn’t exactly one of the most popular players within Arsenal’s ranks right now. So what do they do? They both get selected to take part in a press conference before the club’s vital game against Eintracht Frankfurt tonight.
On Europa League performances:
SM: Well, I think that it was a difficult start to the competition because we played Frankfurt away which was not an easy place to go and win. I think we had a good gameplan, we stuck to the gameplan and we dealt with probably the strongest team in our group very well. We took the three points which was very important to go into this competition and then we played very good games at home against Liege and the other one [against Vitoria] was more of a character game where we came back from going behind and believed until the last minute and we got rewarded for that. We had a few good games in this competition and I think me and all the team are looking forward to continuing this in the next game.
On Eintracht Frankfurt:
SM: You noticed from the beginning in Frankfurt that they’re a team with identity. You could see what they were trying to do and how they were trying to play. The players knew what to do, how they were moving and it’s always difficult to play against very organised teams like that and they have the individual quality to hurt you as well. We had to be fully focused for 90 minutes and play when we had our chances, when we had our moments of the gameto finish them off. We did that well. In this game they had a red card which made it easier for us towards the end, but I think the team did very well when we played in Frankfurt.
On him being under pressure:
SM: First of all we play for the club. If you play for Arsenal, you play for a big club and you have to know you have to give everything to win. We play for each other because we are a team, the boys in the dressing room and the coaching staff are all in the same boat. If the coach is under pressure, the players are too. We stick together, we fight for each other and everyone is trying to give their best. The coach is trying to organise the team and we, as players, try to put on the pitch what we do every day in training. We play together, we’re in the same boat and we will try to fight our way out of this.
To be continued…