Saturday 16 December 2017

Mustafi: Top four is on

Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi
Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi

Shkodran Mustafi is hopeful that Arsenal have recovered from their blip in time to surge into the Champions League.

The Gunners picked up a vital 2-0 win at Southampton on Wednesday night to move up to fifth in the Premier League table and three points adrift of fourth-placed Manchester City.

Manager Arsene Wenger remains under pressure over his future as he looks to mastermind a late push to secure a 20th consecutive season of Champions League football.

Mustafi, who returned to the side following a recent lay-off with a thigh injury, enjoyed one of his best games since joining the club in the summer but admits it may be too little, too late.

Asked about Arsenal finding their form at the right time, the Germany international said ahead of tomorrow's clash at Stoke: "Well I wish we found that before.

"But now we have three games and we have to give everything, like we did today, to try and get everything out of all the games. Hopefully at the end we'll reach our goals.

Goalkeeper Petr Cech said: "Recently we shot ourselves in the foot against Tottenham, because we did not get any points and obviously we left ourselves in the situation where we have to keep winning every game."

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