Shkodran’s fine start to life with the Gunners
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.