German defender ‘wants to forget the past’ ahead of Arsenal return

Shkodran Mustafi wants to forget the past as he prepares for his return to the Arsenal first-team.

The Germany international was heralded after signing in 2016 for a fee of around £35million, his career in north London has been far from successful, with a number of poor performances at the end of last season seeing Mustafi drop out of the side.

That has led to a lot of speculation in the media which has suggested that he could in fact be heading for the exit signs at the Emirates, with a number of clubs lining up a possible transfer deal for the German.

But, in an interview with Arsenal’s official website, the 27-year-old has admitted he knew he had to remain professional to get a chance, and is now hoping to put the past behind him in order to get back to his best

He told Arsenal Player: “As a central defender you have a lot of pressure, but then you make this mistake and suddenly the pressure becomes even more.

“As a central defender you have to do your job perfectly to just have a normal game.

“When you will win all your tackles, when you win everything on the pitch but then make one mistake that you’re punished for, it destroys everything that you did before.

“This is something that makes this position so hard. It affects you, too.”

Look, Mustafi is one of those players that is never going to be a top-class defender for the Arsenal and even though he wants to stay and fight for his place in the side, the best thing for him and the Arsenal is to get rid and bring in a more quality defender.

So it will be interesting to see if he is a Gunner by the start of next season, as the only real reason that he is still at the club right now is simply because Arteta has a string of defensive injuries that is limiting his choices.

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