By Emma Sanders
Shkodran Mustafi has claimed his partnership with Laurent Koscielney is blossoming because they have a virtual telepathic understanding.
The centre-back pairing have been key figures in Arsenal’s solid performances this season, which included four clean sheets in as many games prior to the international break and a record of only seven goals conceded this season, four of which came in the opening fixture against Liverpool.
World Cup winner Mustafi revealed that he was happy to play alongside someone with a similar football understanding.
“I’m happy to have someone next to me that my understanding is good with, but I think it’s not about me and Lolo [Koscielny,] I think it’s about all the team,” said Mustafi to Arsenal player.
“We are quite similar in the style of playing, he understands things that I do, I understand things that he does.
“If you play with someone who understands football in a different way, it’s even more difficult to get on with.
“But if you have someone next to you that see football the same way you see football and that you think football, I think it’s easier to play with.
“I think we are doing really good in the last games and obviously that gives us less to do at the back, so the few things we have to do, I think we dealt with it well,” he added.
Mustafi joined Arsenal in the summer after completing a £35 million switch from Valencia and has gone on to make six appearances so far this season.
His partnership with Koscielny has been one of Arsenal’s bright spots in the early stages of the 2016-17 campaign.
The Gunners’ currently sit in third place, behind rivals Tottenham, but they have some favourable fixtures lined-up throughout October.
Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City are all set to battle it out against each other so Arsenal could take advantage.