Manager’s meticulous approach has improved the defence but Arsenal’s attacking play has become increasingly laboured

The utterances offered by footballers before European games tend to be crushingly banal but Shkodran Mustafi offered an insight that lingered in the mind when asked, in the buildup to Thursday’s visit of Dundalk, what it is like to train under Mikel Arteta.

“I’ve never had such detailed training sessions,” he said. “Sometimes it’s not always nice … it’s not that you jump around and have fun and score a lot of goals. It’s more about focusing and knowing when you go to the next game that you know exactly what you have to do.”

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