Arsene Wenger has revealed why he bought Shkodran Mustafi so lately.
The French coach has landed his sixth summer signing following the arrivals of Lucas Perez, Granit Xhaka, Rob Holding, Kelechi Nwakali and Takuma Asano and is confident for the season ahead.
The German international is certainly considered to be a top addition for the Gunners and will ease their defensive crisis after injuries to Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista.
And Wenger admitted he was delighted to get Mustafi to Arsenal and believes he can have a huge impact at the club.
“He is at the right age,” he said.
“He has god experience. He is a very focused player who can play with the ball as well.
“We have taken a great player but have prepared well for the future.”
Mustafi started his career with Arsenal’s Premier League rivals Everton before he sealed a move to Serie A side Sampdoria in 2012.
The Germany international has scored six times in 42 appearances in all competitions for Los Che during a two-year spell at the La Liga side between 2014 and 2016.
Mustafi is exactly the type of defender Wenger likes: he relies more on his reading of the game and well-timed challenges than on physical strength; he is calm and composed, strong in the air and good on the ball.
He also has plenty of experience, having won the 2014 World Cup with Germany and played in the Champions League with Valencia.
It’s really hard to find a glaring weakness in Mustafi’s game, but he could struggle against some of the Premier League’s more physical forwards.