Arsenal are approaching crunch time in their campaign as the Gunners battle to win the Europa League, which stands as the only route back into the Champions League after another disappointing campaign domestically.
Arsene Wenger’s side are poised to miss out on a top-four Premier League finish for the second season in a row, with the final kick in the teeth coming in last month’s shambolic defeat to runaway leaders Manchester City- which occurred just days after losing the Carabao Cup final to Pep Guardiola’s side.
That sorry run of form has only just come to an end, with Arsenal beating AC Milan in both legs of their Europa League showdown and overcoming Watford in the league- and Shkodran Mustafi has revealed clear the air talks took place after the back-to-back defeats to the Citizens.
“Everyone knew it was a difficult period. The meeting was about trying to listen to different opinions, different ideas and different feelings, and I think we found a way to try to change a bit.”
“It’s not that easy because one meeting is not going to change a lot, especially not during the season when you’re playing every three days, but it was important to speak our opinions out loud. Overall it was about giving 110 per cent to try to get out of it, and I think we managed it well.”
With the international break over, Arsenal are now set for the season’s finale and must overcome CSKA Moscow over two-legs in the Europa League quarter-finals, their first hurdle to potential glory in Lyon come May.
The Gunners know it won’t be easy though, as the likes of Atletico Madrid, Lazio, RB Leipzig and Marseille remain in the competition.