Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi has revealed that he is still trying to improve as a footballer and believes that the Premier League is the “most intense” in Europe
Mustafi joined Arsenal back in 2016 from La Liga side Valencia for a reported £35m transfer fee. The 25 year-old has now gone on to make 59 appearances for the club, but has struggled with fitness issues during his time at the Emirates.
However, when the German international is fit, he is usually on of the first names on the team sheet and is still trying to become a better player for the club.
“The Premier League is the most intense league in Europe. I knew that before but now that I’ve played a lot of games, it’s just something that you feel.” Mustafi told arsenal.com
“When you play in the Premier League alongside players who have won a lot of trophies or who have played a lot of games, they give you this kind of experience so you make less mistakes, you react differently to different situations.
“I would say that in the last year I’ve taken a lot of experience for myself.
“As a defender, it’s really difficult to always do your job 100 per cent. As soon as you do something wrong, it gives the other team an opportunity to score a goal, and then obviously it looks not so good.
“I’m working on being there when it really matters – you can lose a tackle or a duel, but to really be there when you have to, to deny the opponents opportunities.”
Arsenal will be playing host to Swedish side Ostersund FK for the second leg of their Round of 32 Europa League tie on Thursday night, where they hold a 3-0 aggregate lead.