SHKODRAN MUSTAFI is making his voice heard in the Arsenal dressing room.
That’s according to former Gunners star Alan Smith who claims the Germany international has made his presence felt at the Emirates.
Mustafi joined Arsenal from Valencia in a £35m deal on deadline day and has since forged an effective partnership with Laurent Koscielny.
Smith told the Daily Telegraph: “Those at Arsenal confirm that he is no shrinking violet when it comes to speaking up in the dressing room.
“A new arrival, maybe, but the 24-year-old is not afraid to say his piece.
“Of course, that is how it should be. Strong voices and views go hand in hand with successful teams.
“Yet Arsenal have not always been blessed with such forthright sorts, whether by coincidence or through a deliberate policy from Arsene Wenger.
“They say that has changed now, that some players speak up with a little more force.
“If Mustafi contributes to the debate, that can only be good at a time when Per Mertesacker, a respected voice, is injured long-term.
“Mind you, Mertesacker’s compatriot might be the future now as a quicker, more mobile alternative in central defence.