By Matt Farr
Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi has urged his side to put in a class display against Crystal Palace on Monday night.
Mustafi, 24, took to his personal Twitter account on Sunday evening to share an image of Arsenal’s preparations for their crucial tie on the training ground, accompanied by a strong message to his team-mates.
— Shkodran Mustafi (@MustafiOfficial) April 9, 2017
He said: “Preparation for the next London derby tomorrow. Let’s start the week with class.”
The Gunners have suffered from a miserable run of form since the new year, winning just two of their last seven Premier League outings.
But they put in a much-improved display against struggling West Ham on Wednesday, and Mustafi has urged the club to put in another class display against their latest opponents.
Arsenal find themselves chasing the eight ball in their pursuit of a top four Premier League finish and qualification for the Champions League this term, and are currently in sixth place.
But a win against 16th-placed Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Monday could see them move ahead of Manchester United back into fifth place, and perhaps more crucially, to within four points of the top four.
Mustafi has been ever-present for Arsenal this season following his reported £35million move from Valencia in the summer.
He has made 33 appearances in all competitions, scoring two goals.
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