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Emery defends ‘consistent’ Shkodran Mustafi

London, Apr 22 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 4/22/2019 12:50:40 PM IST

Unai Emery jumped to the defence of Shkodran Mustafi despite the Arsenal defender’s calamitous mistake against Crystal Palace.

Arsenal’s top four hopes were dealt a huge blow by Palace, who left the Emirates with a 3-2 victory.

With the game at 1-1, Mustafi gifted Wilfried Zaha a goal as he made no attempt to deal with a long ball over the top in the hope his goalkeeper Bernd Leno was dealing with the situation. Zaha raced through to make it 2-1 and Arsenal never recovered.

When asked about Mustafi’s performance, Emery said, “He can play very well. I prefer to speak about the consistency in the season. We are helping every player to play with a big performance. Today also when you can defend against Benteke and Zaha you can suffer more. Over the season I think he has been consistent.”

Defeat to Palace leaves Arsenal still in fourth place and means there are only three points now covering the four teams chasing the remaining two Champions League qualification places with four games to go.

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