Shkodran Mustafi says that Arsenal can’t concentrate too much on the opposition as they get ready to face PSG in the Champions League tonight, and must focus on their own performance.
The German made his full Arsenal debut in the 2-1 win over Southampton last Saturday, as is expected to make his European bow for the club alongside Laurent Koscielny at the Parc des Princes later on.
PSG were runaway Ligue 1 champions last season, but the 24 year old is refusing to worry about the quality of the opposition, putting his faith in what his own teammates can do.
“It’s an important competition, and it’s not going to be an easy game in Paris,” he said.
“The most important thing is to concentrate on Arsenal. The most important thing in the Champions League is to concentrate on yourself because all the teams in it are big teams with big players so the most important thing is to try and play our game and try to get the three points.
“The main thing is no matter which country you go, you need to think football is a team sport – so you need all the players on the pitch to think football – and if you play with big players alongside you then it makes everything easier.”
It will be the first European meeting between the sides since the 1994 Cup Winners Cup semi-final. After a 1-1 draw in Paris, a Kevin Campbell goal was enough to separate the teams at Highbury, before the Gunners went on to lift the trophy in Copenhagen with a 1-0 win over star-studded Parma.