Following Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Burnley this weekend, man of the match Shkodran Mustafi spoke to Arsenal.com after his heroic display at Turf Moor.
A tough game for the visitors.
The Gunners were tested right until the final moment of the game, when the deadlock was broken, giving Arsene Wenger’s team their fifth consecutive Premier League win. It was a well needed win for Arsenal, who in all honesty were far from convincing over the ninety minutes in Burnley. Wenger celebrated his 20th year at Arsenal on October 1, making the victory even more of a celebration for everyone associated with the Gunners.
Despite being held by Burnley until injury time, the game was impressive on a more defensive level by both teams, as the pressure was applied from end to end for the majority of the game time.
Arsenal impressed with Mustafi
An impressive display at the back was celebrated by new boy, Mustafi. The German centre back has taken quickly to life in North London, complimenting Laurent Koscielny in the centre of defence – the duo are yet to concede a Premier League goal when playing alongside each other. Speaking after the game, Mustafi commented on life so far at Arsenal and the tough battle against Sean Dyche’s side.
“It suits us more to play against big teams because it’s not always easy to come to places like this and change from style to steel,” commented Mustafi after the game.
The Gunners’ unforgettable performance against Chelsea prior to the win at Burnley was difficult to match, as shown by an overall sluggish show on Sunday.
The world cup winner continued to say; “I keep saying that it’s important that we fight until the end. A football game is 90 minutes and then extra time.” It was just that, that unlocked the game for the Gunners as captain Laurent Koscielny scored a controversial 93rd minute winner, which appeared to be offside and a questionable hand ball.
It was also questionable as to whether Arsenal deserved to take the points back to London as Burnley showed resilience against an in form Arsenal side.
For now, the Gunners take a break away from the Premier League as the team goes their separate ways for international duty. Next up, Arsenal welcome Swansea City to the Emirates, a side that always poses as a threat to Wenger’s side when the fixture arises.