Arsene Wenger says the intelligence and experience of Shkodran Mustafi played a big part in his decision to bring him to the club.
The German international has already had a spell in England, joining Everton as a 17 year old. It did not go well, so much so that he considered giving up the game.
“At the end of my time in England, I thought ‘wow, I’m only 20, and I’m already sick of football,'” he told Spox in an interview this year.
Once he left David Moyes though, his enthusiasm for the game returned. A spell in Italy with Sampdoria was followed by a move to Valencia, and Arsenal have paid the La Liga side over £30m for him, making him the most expensive defender in the club’s history.
The fact that he’s been around the block a bit at a young age was a consideration for the Arsenal manager who told the official site, “He has already played in Italy, he has already played in Spain and he has played with the German national team.
“He is a very intelligent boy, that was important in my decision as well. He is very focused as I told you, and he knows the rigorous climate of the Premier League and how much you have to fight for every game.
“I know as well he is a very focused player who can play with the ball as well. That is important for us, and all this quality made me decide to try and get him.
“The player wanted to join us as well, and I think he will hopefully be happy here and will enforce our squad. It puts us in a good position.”
Also, his name is an anagram of Matador Funk Hiss, which is a great name for a Spanish jazz covers group. Feel free to take it, just send us some tickets to your first stadium gig.
It’s also an anagram of Mafia Drunk Shots, Stud Monkfish Afar, Duh! Satanism Fork, and Tamarinds of Husk. All great band names too. Be inspired by Mustafigrams!