Arsenal team news: Walcott heaps praise on new Arsenal star

The Germany international defender Shkodran Mustafi has already made his presence felt at Arsenal since joining from Valencia over the summer.

According to The Sun, Mustafi has not only strengthened the Gunners back-line, he has also been motivating his new teammates.

Theo Walcott’s form has vastly improved since the arrival of the powerful centre-back and the England international heaped praise on Mustafi for his leadership qualities.

“Of the new players, he especially gets people up for games. If you’re not doing something right he tells you. He’a a German international and that’s the way he is,” Walcott was quoted as saying by the Sun.

“He and Laurent Koscielny have been fantastic centre-backs. They have a very good relationship and it bodes well.”

Walcott has been in impressive form this season and has provided one assist and five goals in seven appearances for the Gunners this season. The former Southampton man has been deployed out on the right-wing by Arsene Wenger in recent weeks.

Arsenal take on Burnley FC today knowing a victory could carry them up to second place in the league. The north London based club go into today’s game in high spirits following four wins in a row. The Gunners are also unbeaten in their last eight games.

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