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‘Mustafi's not scared to take challenge'

Arsene Wenger says Shkodran Mustafi will be a success at Arsenal because he is “not scared to take the challenge on”.

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The World Cup winner joined the club after impressing for Valencia and Germany last season, and Wenger is confident he will be a good fit in north London.

“We needed a centre back because of the long-term injuries we have,” the manager told Arsenal Player. “He has already played in Italy, he has already played in Spain and he has played with the German national team.

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“He is a very intelligent boy, that was important in my decision as well. He is very focused as I told you, and he knows the rigorous climate of the Premier League and how much you have to fight for every game.

“I know as well he is a very focused player who can play with the ball as well. That is important for us, and all this quality made me decide to try and get him. The player wanted to join us as well, and I think he will hopefully be happy here and will enforce our squad. It puts us in a good position.

“The fact he decided to join us shows he was certainly conscious of what was expected of him. We will not have a bad surprise and that shows you as well that he is not scared to take a challenge on.

“We have Chambers who is around 20 and Mustafi who is now 24, Gabriel who is 27 and after that we have the more experienced players like Koscielny and Mertesacker. We have taken a great player but have prepared well for the future.”

 

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