Interview

‘It was really important to score a quick goal’

Shkodran Mustafi believes our quick start against Huddersfield laid the foundation for a deserved victory.

Alexandre Lacazette fired us ahead in just the fourth-minute, and Mustafi told Arsenal Player that the early goal disrupted the visitors’ plans, allowing us to kill off the game after the break.

Here’s what he said after the game.

on the result…
In the first half, and as well in the second half, a few passes were a bit sloppy. That complicated the game because I think the plan of Huddersfield was to stay compact and win the balls and then counter-attack, which I think they did well. They were quite compact, but as soon as we tidied up our passing and the ball movement we found a way through and we played some good football. Overall we had to step it a little bit up because in the end yes it was 5-0, but the goals came late and they could have punished us in the first half, so it was a really tough game.

on the first goal easing the nerves…
When you have home games against teams like that, that don’t put too much pressure on you and let you have the ball, they stay compact and it’s difficult to come through so it was really important to score a first quick goal. We did and after that we could have done a lot better, so we complicated ourselves a little but, but at the end it’s about being professional, staying concentrated and we deserved to win the game.

on winning 12 league games in a row at home…
It’s fun to talk about numbers but in the end the numbers won’t help you if you don’t reach your goal in the end of the season, so it’s nice to read that, but in the end it doesn’t give you anything. You have to put the performance in every week and then in the end you count the numbers and see if you reached your goal or not.

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