Mustafi gives verdict ahead of Arsenal clash against Ludogorets
By Emma Sanders
Shkodran Mustafi has revealed he was told to expect only tough fixtures in the Premier League when he joined Arsenal in the summer.
The 24 year-old made the switch from Valencia to Arsenal in August when he completed a £35 million transfer from the Spanish outfits.
The German international told the club’s official website he was told to expect tough fixtures and is expecting the same in Wednesday’s Champions League clash against Ludogorets.
Mustafi also urged his teammates not to get too carried away with the bright start they have made to the season and to continue fighting each game.
“When I came here, the people told me that you only have tough games in the Premier League, and it was one more for us [the game against Swansea,] but in the end one more win,” said Mustafi.
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“If you want to stay up there in the table, you have to know how to manage the situations. We’re going to have a tough game on Wednesday as well, so we have to be prepared for that.
“I think there’s no point in thinking too far ahead. We just need to think day after day and game after game. Sometimes you think too far in the future, then you lose points.
“That’s what we don’t want to do,” he added.
Mustafi has made five league appearances since joining at the start of the season and has started to build a bright partnership with Laurent Koscielny.
The centre-back has featured in three Arsenal games where they maintained clean sheets and his side have conceded just nine goals in the league so far this season.
In other Arsenal news, Arsene Wenger has urged this summer signing to learn from his mistakes.