Arsenal summer signing Shkodran Mustafi has spoken about how his faith helps him with his football, according to The Sun.
Per-the-source, the Germany international has already established himself as a firm fan favourite despite only joining a little over a month ago. Mustafi has played four and won four games since making the move to Arsenal from Valencia.
Mustafi stated that he is a devout Muslim and prays five times a day. The 24-year-old also went onto say that it isn’t the end of the world if he plays badly.
“Being a Muslim is very important to me, more important than anything, although sometimes travel makes it difficult for me to always pray when I want to,” Mustafi was quoted as saying by The Sun.
“I study the Koran intensively but I also study other religions, too. But it is in the Koran that the prophets are closest to me — there and in the mosque when I go to pray.
“My religion means so much to me and to my career. It helps me so much.
“At the end of it all, I’m a person like any other who is on the Earth to strive for paradise.
“That is my main task. And if I play a c**p game it’s not the end of the world.”
Fortunately for Arsenal fans, Mustafi has already stuck a partnership with the France international Laurent Koscielny in defence.
The duo could be called upon again by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger when the Gunners take on Swansea City in their next Premier League game on October 15. Arsenal are currently in third place with 16 points after seven games.