Arsene Wenger says that new signings Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez found the pace of the Premier League a surprise, but also that their lack of football means it might take a few games for them to get properly up to speed.
The German international played the full 90 on his debut in today’s 2-1 win over Southampton, while Lucas was taken off just after the hour mark. But the fact they haven’t played much this season was a contributory factor according to the manager who has backed them to find their form with more appearances.
Speaking about Lucas he said, “He has had one game in La Liga, and then he didn’t play many more because they knew he would go.”
And on the German, “Mustafi has only played one half since the start of the season with Valencia, so they are missing games.”
He continued, “I feel both are short a bit, they lack competition and their second half was much better than their first half.
“They were a bit surprised by the pace and the commitment of the Premier League, they will adapt to that. As well, they were a bit on their nerves in the first half. In the second it was much better.”
The pair should both be involved to some extent on Tuesday night as we kick off our Champions League campaign against PSG in P.