New Arsenal signing comments on his position in the team
Shkodran Mustafi discusses his new partnership with Laurent Koscielny at Arsenal
Shkodran Mustafi says that he has been thrilled by the partnership he has established with fellow centre-half Laurent Koscielny at Arsenal so far this season.
The German defender has already earned plenty of praise since arriving at the north London club from Valencia late in the summer transfer window.
Mustafi has looked solid alongside Koscielny in the heart of Arsenal’s defence as he helped Arsene Wenger’s men make a strong start to the new campaign.
The north London side have been on the lookout for a long-term replacement for Per Mertesacker in defence in recent years,
And Mustafi has revealed his delight at how his partnership with his new team-mates is developing.
Speaking in an interview with Arsenal Player, Mustafi said: “We are quite similar in the style of playing, he [Koscielny] understands things that I do, I understand things that he does.
“If you play with someone who understands football in a different way, it’s even more difficult to get on with.
“But if you have someone next to you that sees football the same way you see football and that you think football, I think it’s easier to play with.
“I’m happy to have someone next to me that my understanding is good with, but I think it’s not about me and Lolo, I think it’s about all of the team.
“I think we are doing really good in the last games and obviously that gives us less to do at the back, so the few things we have to do, I think we dealt with it well. But I think the credit goes to the whole team.”
Arsenal are currently gearing up for their home Champions League clash against Ludogorets on Wednesday night as they look to take a step closer towards qualification for the knockout phase of this season’s competition.