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Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker instigated a team meeting to turn around the Gunners’ poor run of results and ease the pressure on manager Arsene Wenger.
That’s according to Arsenal midfielder Shkodran Mustafi who has admitted something needed to change at the Emirates.
Arsenal lost four domestic games on the trot recently which saw them defeated in the Carabao Cup final and sit 13 points off the Premier League top four.
Wenger had been under sustained pressure with many saying the Frenchman should leave after over 20 years in the Arsenal dug out.
But progression to the Europa League quarter finals and a convincing win over Watford has quietened the doubters – for now.
And Mustafi says a lengthy team meeting was key to finding form again.
“Everyone knew it was a difficult period,” Mustafi told Arsenal’s official website.
“The meeting was about trying to listen to different opinions, different ideas and different feelings, and I think we found a way to try to change a bit.
“It’s not that easy because one meeting is not going to change a lot, especially not during the season when you’re playing every three days, but it was important to speak our opinions out loud.
“Overall it was about giving 110 per cent to try to get out of it, and I think we managed it well.”
Wenger became Arsenal manager in 1996 and has lifted the Premier League three times.
The 68-year-old has also guided the north Londoners to FA Cup glory on seven occasions.
That hasn’t stopped the doubters though with the last Premier League title coming in 2004.