Belfast Telegraph

New Arsenal boss Unai Emery already making an impression on Shkodran Mustafi

The Spaniard replaced Arsene Wenger in the Arsenal dugout and is aiming for his first win this weekend.

Shkodran Mustafi believes there is an “aura” around new Arsenal head coach Unai Emery and feels he can take the club forward.

Emery replaced Arsene Wenger at the Emirates Stadium in May but saw his side lose their first Premier League game of the season last weekend, going down 2-0 to champions Manchester City.

The tough start continues for Emery and his players with a trip to face London rivals Chelsea this weekend.

It was clear against City that the former Sevilla and Paris St Germain boss is looking to change the philosophy at Arsenal as he looks to get them playing out from the back and pressing the opponent when out of possession.

Mustafi started the opening-weekend defeat at the heart of the Gunners’ defence alongside new recruit Sokratis Papastathopoulos and admits he has been impressed with Emery since he took charge.

“When I first met him, he had this aura that he knew exactly what he wants to do, what he wants to be working on, what are is priorities and he was very detailed,” the Germany international said.

“He was not trying to show us new football but he was trying to put one idea into the team which is the same for everyone and we work for the same things.

“My first impression was that he is someone who really knows what he wants and really sticks to his idea.”

Mustafi has come in for criticism since his big-money move from Valencia in 2016 but the 26-year-old believes Emery can make him a better player moving forward.

“Every manager is managing the team in a different way – with Unai, a few things changed and I quite like the things that have changed,” he added.

“I quite like the idea that the coach has on how he wants to play. He is going to bring us forward because he knows exactly what he wants to do and what he wants from the players.

“He knows exactly what kind of game we want to play. We had a lot of meetings and the boss told me what he things he sees as very positive in my game and what I can work on.”

Arsenal will be without Ainsley Maitland-Niles at Stamford Bridge after he suffered a minor leg fracture against City – but Nacho Monreal is likely to return at left-back while Lucas Torreira will be pushing to make his full debut in midfield.

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