By Dominic Toner
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed he is delighted with the impact that summer signing Shkodran Mustafi has had on the team.
The 24-year-old completed a move to the Emirates Stadium in the summer transfer window in a £35million deal from Valencia.
The Germany international moved to the north London club with a great reputation and has managed to slot in nicely into the club’s starting line-up.
He has forged a strong partnership alongside fellow centre-back Laurent Koscielny and they are the first-choice defenders.
Wenger has praised the influence of Mustafi following his arrival and believes he has brough “stability” to the side.
“Mustafi has brought us stability – he’s strong in the challengers and has developed,” Wenger said, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account.
Boss, how has this man acclimatised?
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 14, 2017
Mustafi has not had it all his own way since his move as he has missed games to a hamstring injury already.
However, the powerful centre-back has played an impressive role in the team and was unbeaten in his first 22 games in all competitions.
He tasted back-to-back defeats against Watford and Chelsea recently, before a 2-0 win over Hull at the weekend.
Arsenal’s attention has now turned to the Champions League last 16 first leg with Bayern Munich on Wednesday night and Mustafi is expected to line up against the European heavyweights.
In other Arsenal news, Rio Ferdinand has urged the club’s player to sign a new deal.