'Think football and you'll be fine'

Shkodran Mustafi

Shkodran Mustafi says there were “no surprises” for him on his Arsenal debut on Saturday.

The World Cup winner played his part as the Gunners beat Southampton 2-1 thanks to a late Santi Cazorla penalty, and he says that his previous spell in England stood him in good stead.

“I had two-and-a-half years at Everton - I know how the Premier League is,” Mustafi said. “I played some reserve football and it’s different football but I was not surprised because we have it in training. So it was nothing new to me.

“The main thing is no matter which country you go, as long as you think football [you will be fine]. Football is a team sport so you need all the players on the pitch to think football.

“My thinking of football helps me to play in the Premier League and if you play with big players alongside you then it makes everything easier.

“There were no surprises because I knew there were top-quality players here and that’s why I wanted to come. I want to develop and I think if you have a team with players like this then it will help you develop quicker.”

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