Shkodran Mustafi has seemingly taken a bit of a jab at Arsene Wenger and the old Arsenal regime, saying he’s happy that now Unai Emery is telling him what to work on.

Speaking in quotes reported by the Evening Standard, Mustafi described the differences for him now working under Emery.

“He told me the positives in my game and what to work on,” Mustafi said. “I’m happy because it’s difficult when you never know what to work on because no one tells you.”

It’s hard not to see that last part as a bit of a shot at the former Arsenal setup. Otherwise, it’s a bit of a strange thing to bring up, as you’d expect most managers to tell you what you need to work on.

It seems like some players are using Wenger’s departure as an opportunity to get a fresh start, and put all the blame on how they were being coached. To be fair, it’s hard to blame under-performing players for wanting an excuse for their previous form.

At the same time, it’s possible to talk about the positives of Emery’s management without making it into a comparison. If Mustafi had simply said the first part of his statement, and maybe something about looking forward to seeing how much he can improve under a new coach, there wouldn’t be any drama.

Hopefully soon we can all move on and just focus on Emery’s Arsenal.

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