Shkodran Mustafi
Shkodran Mustafi

Shkodran Mustafi

World Cup winner Shkodran joined the club from Valencia on a long-term contract in August 2016.

The centre back began his career with FC Bebra, before a brief stint with SV Rotenburg saw him eventually join Hamburg’s youth side. In 2009, Shkodran left his homeland to sign for Everton. After progressing through the Toffees’ youth system, the defender went onto to make one appearance under manager David Moyes.

Shkodran Mustafi Profile

Born April 17, 1992
Bad Hersfeld, Germany
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 20
Previous Club(s) FV Bebra, SV Rotenburg, Hamburg, Everton, Sampdoria, Valencia
Arsenal Debut September 10, 2016

Shkodran left Everton on a free transfer, and joined Serie A side Sampdoria. After two encouraging campaigns in Italy, the German was signed by Valencia. The defender’s finest moment for Los Che came in November 2015 when he scored a brace against local rivals Villarreal.

The centre back also has international experience, and featured three times in the World Cup-winning side of 2014. Shkodran wasn’t initially included in Joachim Low's squad for Brazil, but was called up to replace the injured Marco Reus. The triumph wasn’t the defender’s first in a Germany shirt, having already won the Under-17 European Championship before going on to feature at every level of the national side.

Shkodran was in action at the 2016 European Championship, and scored Germany’s first goal of the tournament in a 2-0 win against Ukraine. The defender helped his country reach the semi-finals, before being defeated by hosts France.

Shkodran Mustafi's Arsenal Career

  Prem Lge Europe FA Cup Lge Cup C. Shield Total
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2016-2017 20 1 7 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 31 1
Total 20 1 7 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 31 1

My Year

  • 2016/17

September

Shkodran made his debut in our 2-1 win over Southampton, before going on to play every minute of our other four unbeaten Premier League and Champions League matches in September. After making his debut against the Saints, Shkodran said: “I’m happy for the three points first of all, but I’m happy for how the supporters received me here and how the team made me feel part of it."

October

Shkodran played every minute as we went unbeaten in our five Premier League and Champions League fixtures in October. Speaking after the 6-0 win over Ludogorets, Shkodran said: "You have to keep working, keep going game after game and then at the end you are going to find yourself as the leader of the group. It is not about thinking about it, it is about making it happen on the pitch."

November

Shkodran played every minute of our five unbeaten Premier League and Champions League fixtures during November. Speaking after the 3-2 win over Ludogorets in Sofia, he said: "I don't want to say too much [about Mesut Ozil’s goal] because it will get in his head and he's going to think he's the best again! No, we know his qualities. He is incredible. He is calm in front of goal, I think I would have just taken the first touch and shot from 20 yards away!”

December

Shkodran played in our 5-1 win over West Ham United, before coming off with a hamstring injury in the 3-1 win over Stoke City. As a result, he did not feature again in December.

January

Shkodran played six of our seven games in January. He missed the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace due to injury.

February

Shkodran started in all four of our matches in February.

March

Shkodran played all four of our matches in March.