Wilshere says contract will be done, Mustafi hails concentration

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After Arsenal’s 3-2 win against Crystal Palace, scorer Shkodran Mustafi and man-of-the-match Jack Wilshere faced the Sky Sports cameras.

Here’s what they had to say on the performance, the formation and more…

On the performance…

JW: It’s always tough here, especially under new manager Roy, he’s changed them, he’s getting results so we knew it would be difficult. We knew they wanted to play long to Benteke but I thought our defence dealt with it well. We covered them and we dealt with it, so we’re happy.

SM: It’s always difficult when you come to places like this and have to adapt to different football. Our idea of football is different, short passes and play, but when you come here you adapt to their game especially when you don’t have the ball. I think we did well, we conceded the first one was a bit unlucky. Then we conceded a corner which we have to defend better. Overall, we did well.

On his goal…

SM: Yeah, I showed my striker instincts there. I was happy to score. It was important to get ahead. When you come to places like this and you go 1-0 down it becomes even more difficult. It was important to go ahead. That was the most important thing.

On having Alexis up front…

JW: He comes to feet, he spins behind, he makes life difficult for the defenders and easy for midfielders to pick the passes. It makes it a lot easier. And he puts it in which means you get an assist for it.

On Wilshere being back to his old self…

SM: You love that question…

JW: Yeah, every week. It’s difficult to say. I was happy with my form last year, I’m probably better now. I feel better, I feel fitter. I’m getting better each game and I’m enjoying my football. Another game, another three points, so I’m happy.

On signing a new contract at Arsenal…

JW: I spoke to the boss and he said he’ll speak to me. We’ll see when he speaks to me, I’m sure we’ll get it done, yeah.

On Arsenal playing with a three versus a four man back line…

SM: In defence, there’s a lot of difference but we’d need too long to explain to you the difference between a back three and a four. Overall, it’s important to concentrate. When you switch from a four to a three it’s a different type of game, you cover differ areas and have different areas where you can play the ball. It’s important to be consistent and to concentrate. On the other side, it’s a strength when you can play two systems because it means the opponent never knows how we’re going to start and how we’re going to finish.

On the points feeling better away from home…

JW: Yeah, as Shkdoran said, it’s a difficult place to come and you have to adapt to different football. We did well tonight. There was a time tonight when they equalised that they were on the front foot. We had to sit in and deal with that. We did that and then hit them twice on the counter and the game was almost over. We’re happy.

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