Mustafi: We need to roll up our sleeves in top four chase


Shkodran Mustafi says that Arsenal can use the international break to regroup and try and get their season back on track.

The Gunners have lost four of their last five Premier League games, and look to be in real danger of finishing outside the top four for the first since 1996.

The German is currently away with his national team as they prepare for a World Cup qualifier in Azerbaijan on Sunday, and believes that some distance might just be the thing to help the players refocus.

“We haven’t been playing to our potential,” he said. “As a team we can use this international break to refresh and then start again when we go back.

“When we meet up again in London we need to roll up our sleeves. We want to finish in the top four because Arsenal wants to be playing in the Champions League next year.”

Arsenal have two games in hand on 4th place Liverpool, but will need an almost flawless final couple of months to the season to grab a Champions League place.

“I think it’s risky to justify our position by saying we have played two games fewer than Liverpool,” continued the 24 year old.

“If we had beaten West Brom, we wouldn’t be sixth. After the break we have a crunch game against Manchester City in London.”

His thoughts about the Interlull echo those of teammates Nacho Monreal and Hector Bellerin.

“We’ll give everything until the end,” said the left-back, while his full-back partner said, “When we come back we have two very important months, and we have to move ahead.”

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