By Alex Taylor
Shkrodan Mustafi has revealed that Arsenal would rather play teams like Chelsea every week than minnows such as Burnley.
The Gunners delivered a masterclass to beat their London rivals 3-0 nine days ago but struggled against Burnley the following weekend and needed a controversial late Laurent Koscielny goal to secure a 1-0 win.
Mustafi believes that Arsenal have to adapt their style of play against the Premier League’s less heralded sides and admitted it is a difficult challenge.
Mustafi, 24, arrived in north London this summer in a £35million deal from Valencia and has adapted well to life in the Premier League.
The centre-back played the full 90 minutes in the Arsenal wins over both Chelsea and Burnley.
“It suits us more to play against big teams [like Chelsea] because it’s not always easy to come to places like this [Turf Moor] and change from style to steel,” Mustafi told the Daily Star.
“But we showed that we have good character and steel, and that’s what gave us the three points in the end.”
The three points move Arsenal up to third place in the Premier League behind Tottenham and Manchester City.
Arsene Wenger’s side have recovered well from an opening day defeat to Liverpool to collect 16 points from seven games this season.
The Gunners have won their last five games on the bounce and now face back-t0-back home clashes with Swansea in the Premier League and Ludogorets in the Champions League in mid-October.