• Defender says it was tough being out of favour this season
  • ‘If you think things are over for you, then you should retire’

Shkodran Mustafi says he never felt his Arsenal career was over, despite a torrid start to the season that saw him largely confined to the sidelines before Unai Emery’s dismissal in late November.

The centre-back’s rehabilitation has been an unlikely success story of Mikel Arteta’s mini-revolution in recent weeks. He has started their last six games in all competitions and, in a twist few supporters will have seen coming, has forged a solid partnership with David Luiz to help Arsenal keep three consecutive clean sheets. Earlier he was confined to cup appearances and, with his stock low after an error-strewn end to 2018-19, the club had made several efforts to move him on.

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