Incoming Arsenal signing Shkodran Mustafi will see his transfer to the Premier League giants officially confirmed on Tuesday while he has already spoken about his move to the Gunners.
The German international’s switch from Valencia looks set to finally be concluded, although Sky Sport Germany reporter Marc Behrenbeck has revealed that paperwork is still holding up the deal which means it will be confirmed on Tuesday.
— Marc Behrenbeck (@Sky_Marc) August 28, 2016
Nevertheless, that hasn’t prevented the 24-year-old from discussing his move to north London, believed to be worth £35m, as reported by The Guardian, as he looks forward to the next chapter in his career by helping Arsene Wenger’s men move closer to their ambitions of winning trophies this season.
After both Per Mertesacker and Gabriel picked up long-term injuries in pre-season, it was imperative that Wenger reacted and brought in a new central defender to partner Laurent Koscielny this season.
It appears as though he is on the cusp of doing so, and after picking up their first Premier League win of the season against Watford ahead of the international break, the Gunners will hope that they can now start to build some momentum and climb the table to shorten the gap that has already opened up to their title rivals.
Nevertheless, Mustafi is evidently pleased with his move to the Emirates, and revealed his thoughts on various matters concerning the club in an exclusive interview with Sky Sport Germany.
“If a big move like this happens, there is always a lot that has to be planned, discussed and talked about. But when you finally sign, you are relieved and ultimately also satisfied with it.
“Everyone is of course trying to get the best for each other, so it’s natural it takes time. [They’re] a big club, a giant club with giant history, a club that always plays up there, always in Europe too. I’ve taken a step forward, that was important to me. In my career, I’ve always looked out for taking steps forward.
“For me, it’s important to have a coach who has been there for many, many years & takes care of everything.
“It’s not the typical English club who play typical English football but instead, the football that I like.”
— afcstuff (@afcstuff) August 28, 2016
Arsenal take on Southampton on September 10 before travelling to Paris Saint-Germain for their opening Champions League game of the season three days later with Mustafi likely to be thrown straight into Wenger’s starting line-up for both outings.