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German international and former Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi joined Arsenal in a £35m deal from the Spanish club in the final week of the transfer window.
Adam Bate [via Sky Sports] examines the speculation and the statistics behind the north London club new defender. He also went on showing stats why Mustafi could be the right centre-back to improve the manager Arsene Wenger’s team.
Some as taken Jack Wilshere transfer to Bournemouth as a brave move, leaving the Emirates stadium at which he’d grown up. However, if Wilshere leaving the Emirates is ideally a brave move, we should as well consider the latest arrival to the London Colney.
As according to Sky Sports, Mustafi was born to Albanian parents; Mustafi left his Hesse home aged 14 to seek success with Hamburg.
He then moved to Everton as a 17-year-old before his desire to push on took him to Serie A with Sampdoria and La Liga with Valencia. He joins Arsenal as a 24-year-old World Cup winner more than ready for the challenge of the Premier League.
Most of the German international work came under the monitoring of Alan Stubbs and Andy Holden while in Everton’s Under-21 side. He said speaking to Steve Round, the newly-appointed technical director at Aston Villa who was David Moyes’ assistant at Everton,
“The main thing was that I grew up,”
“From a boy, I became a man.”
According to Sky Sports, Round says, “He was a great lad with an excellent attitude and lots of potential.”
“He was one we felt would go on to play higher. His problem was that there were people in front of him and he wanted to go and play. When your contract runs out the compensation to go across borders to Europe is very low and he went to gain first-team experience.”
Experience, that quality identified by Arsene Wenger as essential in any new signing following Per Mertesacker’s injury, is perhaps the word most pertinent when it comes to Mustafi. Certainly, his knowledge of the tactical intricacies of Serie A should stand him in good stead. He even played on the right of a back-three in Delio Rossi’s Sampdoria side.