Shkodran Mustafi says that he got a glowing report about Arsenal from Mesut Ozil before he joined the club, and says that moving to North London is a step forward in his career.
Although the move is not yet official, the 24 year old spoke to Sky Sports Germany as he headed off on international duty, and seemed eager to get started with his new club.
Asked if he’d spoken to either of Arsenal’s two Germans, Per Mertesacker or Mesut Ozil, he said, “I haven’t spoken to Per yet, since I haven’t seen him for a while, but I spoke with Mesut and he told me everything.
“How the club is, how its run. Everything he said was very positive, and I was quickly convinced since I find the club awesome.
“It’s not quite the typical English club who plays the typical English football but instead the football that I like.
“The football that I played in Spain and in the national team, with the ball on the ground and moving forward with passes. So I was very quickly sure that I wanted to go there and I didn’t need much convincing.”
And the stature of Arsenal played a part too.
“It’s giant club with giant history,” he said. “A club that always plays up there, always in Europe too – and what was also important to me, its that I’ve taken a step forward.
“In my career I’ve always looked out for taking steps forward. For me its the logical next step. Playing in the Champions League, playing with teammates from who you can learn, who have big experience, so its why I moved there.
“For me its also important to have a coach whose been there for many many years and takes care of everything so that I only have to worry about my own football.”
The centre-half speaks perfect English, having had a spell with Everton as a teenager, so there’ll be no issues of adaptation there. The signing is expected to be officially announced today or tomorrow.
Translation via @MiaSanMiaTV