Shkodran Mustafi has hinted there was a lot more going on behind the scenes than we were aware of, saying his move to the Gunners was ‘not the easiest’, but that he’s delighted to have finally made the switch.
The 24 year old becomes the most expensive defensive signing in the club’s history after a deal with Valencia worth up to £35m.
The negotiations ran on for weeks between the two clubs, at one stage Valencia insisted he was not for sale, but in the end Arsene Wenger got his man.
Asked why the Arsenal move attracted him, he said, “Really it was the interest. When a club comes in and shows interest, and it’s a club like Arsenal, that makes you feel special.
“When I heard of the interest and I saw people trying to get me here – and the situation wasn’t the easiest one – but when you see that people really want to get you here, it gives the feeling that you’re really wanted. That’s why I’m here right now.”
And he spoke about how fans get anxious when players are linked but nothing seems to be happening.
“I know that for people who watch football and live football, waiting for new signings isn’t easy sometimes,” he said.
“All the signings know there are a lot of things going on in the transfer, so you have to make sure you do everything good to have a good start. That’s what we did. We tried to take our time, do everything the best way you can do it and then start this episode here correctly.”
Mustafi will join international teammate Mesut Ozil, and former teammate Per Mertesacker in North London. Let’s hope we see plenty of celebratory dancing, the man has some moves.