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Mustafi: Arteta has united the Arsenal squad

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Arsenal players have developed a sense of solidarity ever since Mikel Arteta’s appointment, according to Shkodran Mustafi.

Unai Emery was drafted in to replace Arsene Wenger who had decided to step down as the Arsenal manager in 2018 after 22 long years of serving the club.

Emery was considered the right man for the job for he had a proven track record of delivering success, having guided Sevilla to an impressive three successive Europa League victories and helped Paris Saint Germain continue to dominate domestic competitions.

Emery, as it turned out, was not cut out to fill Wenger’s shoes. Apart from failing to make his mark in terms of success, the Spaniard’s tenure saw the Arsenal dressing room get divided.

But things are looking to take shape once again under Mikel Arteta. Many of the squad members, including Kieran Tierney and David Luiz most recently, has hailed the former club captain for his management style. And now Shkodran Mustafi says all his teammates are united in pursuit of a common goal under Arteta.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Mustafi said: “Sometimes we don’t realize what a difficult job it is.

“From 25 players maybe 20 agree with the coach and five still think we should play differently.

“Since Mikel has come in he has 25 players on board and this is not easy to achieve. Everyone understands and everything he says makes sense. There is nothing we can complain about. Everyone has benefited, even Mesut.”