Date: 3rd April 2017 at 5:50am
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Centre half Shkodran Mustafi has reflected on the performance against Manchester City at the weekend and whilst he had plenty of positives to take from the game, he knew everyone couldn’t be happy with the final score.

Hosting Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium for the tie, Arsenal fell behind on two occasions but did find the net twice through Theo Walcott and Mustafi himself to take a point and complete the fightback and speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media post game, Mustafi was certainly going to take the positives we could.

The German international explained.

‘To be honest I`m not happy with the point, but I`m happy with the attitude we showed on the pitch. I think we played well, we attacked well and won the ball in their half often. This is what we wanted to do, we wanted to press high, try to win the ball as early as possible and then catch them on the counter-attack. I think we did that well. I`m obviously a bit disappointed with the second goal. I think we should have dealt with that better, but in the end I think it`s a fair point. We have to take that and continue.’

With the character of the side in staging the comeback being a well trodded topic since the full time whistle, Mustafi went on to say.

‘I`m not happy about going a goal down to be honest. We`ve been going down in a lot of games but we did well to come back and I think that shows how strong we are. The only thing we have to do is focus from the beginning, try not to go down and then play our football like we play when we are a goal down. Then I think we will be able to deal with every team.’

With plenty of speculation surrounding the club at the moment, the future of Arsene Wenger and players themselves, he was asked if that speculation had effected the focus of the side.

‘They`re talking a lot about the manager outside the club, but in the changing room it`s not a discussion. He`s the manager, we`re the players and we are in every day to work on trying to win games. That`s all we have in our hands, everything else is something people like to talk about. That`s normal because it`s a big sport but it`s nothing in our hands. We are only focused on trying to give everything on the pitch.’

Returning to the game itself, he went on to say.

‘To be honest, I`d rather have won today. That was a game we all wanted to win today but if there`s anything to be satisfied with, it`s the performance. I think we gave a good performance, showed character – especially when coming from behind twice – and I just think we did lots of good things today, though we did do some things wrong too, like conceding the second goal so soon after equalising. I think that was a bit unfortunate but we showed character, which is important. We gave everything until the end – we wanted to win it at the end but at the end of it all we have to take a point.’

Hopefully with a point taken given the magnitude of the game there’ll be a noticeable improvement in midweek and Mustafi confirmed that Wenger didn’t say too much at the break because the players were clear themselves on what needed to be improved.

‘He didn`t have to say much. We spoke about things we had to improve, some details that hadn`t gone so well in the first half. But we knew that everything was still to play for. In the first half we were good, we were dangerous and we knew the game would still be open for us in the second half if we utilised our potential. We knew it was important not to go 3-1 down because if you`re chasing the equaliser and concede again, it`s game over. But we were professional, we kept on playing, equalised and then tried to win it until the end.’

As for his goal on the day, he ended by saying.

‘For me it was disappointing because we wanted to win the game. Scoring a goal is always a nice moment, especially when it brings us back into the game. I really thought we could win it so it was especially nice to score. To conclude, I`m happy about the goal, but I would rather have had the three points.’

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