5 things to know about Arsenal target Shkodran Mustafi
Arsenal fans have been crying out for a new defensive signing for years now and Wenger finally seems to have heeded their calls. It has not all gone quite according to plan, though. After agreeing personal terms with Shkodran Mustafi, Arsenal were unable to see eye to eye with Valencia regarding a fee and the deal was thought to have broken down.
After a 4-3 defeat to Liverpool though, Arsenal's desperate need for a leader at the back was highlighted again and negotiations resumed. Finally, a deal worth about £35m is expected to be completed soon and Mustafi could be an Arsenal player by the end of the week.
Mustafi was one of Valencia’s most consistent performers last season and with injuries to Mertesacker and Gabriel, the 24-year-old German will have to bring that form to England if Arsenal are to challenge for the Premier League title.
Here are 5 facts that all Arsenal fans should know about their possible new signing
1) Mustafi is a World Cup winner
Mustafi, aged 24, already has bags of big game experience. He also has a World Cup medal to boot. The centre-half was a late replacement in Germany’s 2014 World Cup squad but played a major role in helping them lift the trophy. Mustafi would have to thank Marco Reus for that opportunity though as the Borussia Dortmund attacker sustained a pre-tournament injury causing him to miss the tournament and the defender was named as his replacement.
Mustafi had earned just 1 cap prior to his escapades in the World Cup but made 2 substitute appearances in the Group stages. He also started the game against Algeria but was ruled out of the tournament after that match due to a thigh injury. Mustafi has 12 international caps to date. He also scored the opening goal for Germany in their 2-1 win against Ukraine in this summer's Euro 2016.