Arse­nal Sport­ing Lis­bon

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Shkodran Mustafi has praised Arse­nal head coach Unai Emery for pro­vid­ing the club with a po­tent mix of “free­dom and dis­ci­pline” that has helped them to avoid de­feat in their last 14 matches.

“For me, the big­gest thing is that he is some­one who re­ally knows what he wants from each player,” Mustafi said of Emery. “He tells you ex­actly what he wants you to do but at the same time he gives you free­dom to ex­pose your tal­ent.”

Arse­nal can guar­an­tee a place in the knock­out stages with a vic­tory. They have won all three of their matches in Europe this sea­son, in­clud­ing a 1-0 tri­umph over Sport­ing in Lis­bon last month.

Mustafi has formed a strong part­ner­ship with Rob Hold­ing. The pair im­pressed in Satur­day’s 1-1 draw with Liver­pool.

“That was the first game I felt like we came out from the first minute and we were ev­ery­where un­til the 90th minute so I feel like there is a good mix be­tween dis­ci­pline and free­dom,” Mustafi said. “I think that we are very good at­tack­ing, and that makes the de­fen­sive work a bit eas­ier. Even when we lose the ball we are press­ing straight away.”


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