Shko­dran’s fine start to life with the Gun­ners

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

ENG­LAND WHEN Arse­nal con­ceded four goals on the day’s open­ing sea­son the groans were all too au­di­ble – and jus­ti­fi­able. Arse­nal man­ager Arsene Wenger said that the sea­son started too early for his club – to yet more groans. But what he meant clearly meant was it

started too early in terms of play­ing what he must have known would be his firstchoice cen­tral de­fen­sive part­ner­ship.

When Arse­nal were los­ing 4-3 to Liver­pool at The Emi­rates, the club were still ham­mer­ing out the de­tails of sign­ing Shko­dran Mustafi from Va­len­cia for £35 mil­lion (RM185m) and Lau­rent Ko­scielny was on a break af­ter his Euro 2016 ex­er­tions.

Since the pair have been in the side, Arse­nal have con­ceded just three goals in six games and none in their last 280 min­utes fol­low­ing their lat­est clean sheet against Burn­ley on Sun­day.

Ko­scielny knows all about the rigours of the Premier League but Mustafi seems to have come to terms with the rough and tum­ble re­mark­ably quickly and has made a fine start to his Arse­nal ca­reer.

Al­though it is early days the sign­ing of the 24-year-old Ger­man in­ter­na­tional looks like a shrewd piece of busi­ness.

“It was all about com­ing here and giv­ing ev­ery­thing,” he said af­ter the vic­tory over Burn­ley.

“It suits us more to play against big teams be­cause it’s not al­ways easy to come to places like this and change from style to steel.

“But we showed that we have good char­ac­ter and steel, and that’s what gave us the three points in the end. The great teams fight un­til the end be­cause they know that there’s still an op­por­tu­nity to score a goal and we showed that,” Mustafi added.

“It just showed us that we are ca­pa­ble of scor­ing from ev­ery sit­u­a­tion, even in the last min­utes. A win like this is im­por­tant to us.” – The In­de­pen­dent

who was as­sis­tant to Jose Mour­inho at Porto, Chelsea and In­ter Mi­lan, says his re­la­tion­ship with the Manch­ester United man­ager is now so bad he does not have his mo­bile num­ber.

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