Arsenal boss Emery defends Mustafi: He's been consistent

Tanya Simon
April 22, 2019

Arsenal look to establish some breathing room in the all-important fourth spot in the Premier League table when they face Crystal Palace in a Premier League clash today.

Arsenal: Neck and neck with Chelsea in the top four, the Gunners are fully expecting three points here.

Do YOU blame Mustafi for Zaha being allowed to run on goal and score in Arsenal 2-3 Palace?

Mesut Ozil returns to the side and takes up Ramsey's no.10 role, and ahead of him are star strikers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

Emery's side can reach their first Europa League final if Arsenal manage to beat their manager's former team Valencia over two legs in the last four.

But Arsenal's suspect defence came back to haunt them when Shkodran Mustafi and Bernd Leno failed to deal with a hopeful punt from deep - Wilfried Zaha latching onto Christian Benteke's knockdown to restore Palace's lead.

"It's great for us as a team and great for me as a coach, but I want to win all of the matches I play", Emery said.

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"In all the season I think that has been a problem". I think we are, every player, helping and every player is playing with a big performance and today also, when you can defend against a player like Benteke or Zaha, you can suffer more than maybe in other situations.

"If we were better in set-pieces we could win this match and also if we could control possession, especially in the attacking third".

Mustafi didn't play in either of Arsenal's Europa League wins against Napoli, with the trio of Sokratis, captain Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal being preferred.

"We want to play next season in the Champions League, but we know it is going to be hard".

"We changed because we needed to protect the players", said Emery.

Christian Benteke brought an end to a goal drought spanning back nearly one entire calendar year by putting Crystal Palace ahead at Arsenal on Sunday.

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