Shkodran Mustafi has revealed that Arsene Wenger’s long tenure at Arsenal was a key reason behind his decision to join last summer.
The Frenchman celebrated 20 years in charge of the north London outfit earlier in the season and is but far and away the longest-serving manager in any of the four professional divisions in English football.
It is because of the stability that surrounds the Gunners which influenced Mustafi’s decision to make the £35million move from La Liga outfit Valencia during the closing stages of the summer transfer window.
“Him being the boss of Arsenal was important in the fact that I knew he’s been here a long time and there’s a structure.”
Mustafi’s arrival has certainly bolstered Arsenal’s defence this season and he’s proven to be somewhat of a lucky charm as he’s yet to taste defeat in any game which he’s featured in across any competition for the Gunners.
Furthermore, Mustafi, who earns £90,000-a-week, has won 45 aerial duels in the Premier League – second to only Laurent Koscielny in the Gunners’ entire squad – made 68 clearances and appears to have confirmed his status as Wenger’s first-choice centre-back even with the imminent return of club captain Per Mertesacker.