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Arsene Wenger has backed Shkodran Mustafi to hit the ground running immediately he joins up with the squad after the international break.

The defender joined the club for a fee of £35m last month and Wenger is confident he will adjust to the demands of the Premier League immediately.

Mustafi had a difficult first spell at Everton where he failed to make a single league appearance for the Toffees but Wenger believes the German defender is now a better player and will give the club the much-needed boost in the title race.

“He is a very intelligent boy, that was important in my decision,” the Frenchman told Arsenal Player .

“He is very focused, and he knows the rigorous climate of the Premier League and how much you have to fight for every game.

“I know as well he is a player who can play with the ball as well. That is important for us, and all this quality made me decide to try and get him.

“The player wanted to join us as well, and I think he will hopefully be happy here and will enforce our squad. It puts us in a good position.

“The fact he decided to join us shows he was certainly conscious of what was expected of him.

“We will not have a bad surprise and that shows you as well that he is not scared to take a challenge on.”

The defender will compete with Rob Holding and Laurent Koscielny for a spot in the starting xi until Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista returns from injury.

However, the 24-year-old is yet to train with his new Arsenal team-mates after completing his big-money move to the Emirates stadium.

The German international took to is personal Instagram handle to reveal he is finally on his way to the Emirates after the international break


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