Shkodran Mustafi has revealed that Mesut Ozil told him he’d be a perfect fit for Arsenal while the pair were on international duty with Germany at EURO 2016.
After protracted negotiations with Valencia that lasted several weeks, the defender completed his move to the Emirates 24 hours before the transfer window closed; a deal that could see the Gunners pay more than £35 million.
Speaking to Arsenal Player about the way his move panned out, Mustafi reflected on the conversations he’d had with Ozil.
“We were at the European Championship and we had time to speak.
“He told me about the club, about the team, and the things that he told me made me come here.
“I noticed that it’s a club where I can develop, where I can grow as a player.
“He said that he’s happy here, that the people are crazy for football and that it’s a team that enjoys playing football the way that he does, the way that I do.”
On his reason for moving to the Gunners, Mustafi added: “When you change a team, you obviously try to take a step forward.
“I think coming here I made a step forward because for me Arsenal is a big club, with big plays, a great manager.
“For me the most important thing was if I make a change, can I learn something? Is it going to be good for my development? I think being here, now it’s going to help me to grow as a player.”
Arsenal fans will likely get a chance to see Mustafi in action for the first time when Southampton visit the Emirates this weekend.