New Arsenal defender Mustafi backs new striker Lucas Perez to shine

New Arsenal signing Shkodran Mustafi has backed fellow newcomer forward Lucas Perez to make life “uncomfortable” for English Premier League defenders this season.

Perez joined Arsenal in a 17million pounds ($22.7 million) deal from Spain’s Deportivo La Coruna ahead of the transfer deadline, as coach Arsene Wenger reinforced his attacking options, according to a report in The Independent on Wednesday. Continue reading

Ozil on target again in Schweinsteiger farewell game

Riding on second-half goals from Max Meyer and Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil, Germany gave a befitting farewell to legendary skipper and Manchester United outcast Bastian Schweinsteiger by defeating Finland 2-0 in an international football friendly tie at the Borussia-Park in Berlin.

After 12 years for Germany, a career that included 24 goals in 121 caps, Schweinsteiger stepped back from the national squad on Wednesday and bid goodbye to his supporters ahead of the kick-off against Finland. Continue reading

Shkodran Mustafi completes move to Arsenal

Arsenal’s inward business for the summer transfer window was completed this evening with the club confirming the signings of Lucas Perez and Shkodran Mustafi in quick succession on Arsenal.com.

A 24 year old versatile defender, Mustafi, has spent time on English shores before, having matured at Everton’s academy before having been deemed unfit to continue at the club. Continue reading

Wenger explains why he bought Shkodran Mustafi

Arsenal fans can hope for a more secure defence this season as Manager Arsene Wenger finally loosened his purse strings and splashed a considerable £35 million for German defender Shkodran Mustafi, the highest he has ever spent for a defender by a considerable margin, more than twice what he has ever paid for a defender in the past!

And while Wenger was predictably not too thrilled at having to spend an excessive fee for the 24 year old, he obviously believes that the investment in Mustafi will pay rich dividends. Continue reading

Wenger: “We have not got any plans for anyone else now”

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has made it clear that the club will not be making any more signings this summer, after revealing that the duo of Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez had signed for the club.

Speaking to reporters after his side’s 3-1 victory away at Watford, the Frenchman said: “We have bought two players, Mustafi and Perez. They will integrate into the team now and we will help them join squad. We had to work very hard to get signings done. We have not got any plans for anyone else now.”

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Done Deals: Wenger confirms that Mustafi and Perez have joined Arsenal

Arsenal have finally completed the signing of their key summer targets, Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez, according to a revelation made by manager Arsene Wenger.

Speaking to reporters, the Frenchman explained that the reason behind the Gunners’ delay in signing the aforementioned players has been the fact that English clubs, generally, are asked to splash out loads of cash for their targets and that it takes some time for both sides to narrow down upon a mutually agreeable fee.

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Wenger “99% confident” of wrapping up (both) deals!

While refusing to mention players by name, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger did reveal in his press conference this morning that he expects the next 3 days to be busy for the Gunners and that he is “99% confident” that he will be able to sign his transfer targets before the close of the summer transfer window.

Wenger was in an unsurprisingly joyous mood in his press conference this morning, joking with the press that he is not a miser, saying it was a shame that none of the journalists were his friends, otherwise they would know how much money he splashes out when he goes out! Continue reading

Arsenal improve Mustafi bid to £35 million!

With Lucas Perez’s signature virtually in the bag, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has turned his attention back to German international defender Skodran Mustafi, and despite statements in the press from Valencia boss Pako Ayestarán, it appears that the Gunners are going to get their man.

While earlier rumours circulating in the British press were criticizing Wenger for not meeting Valencia’s £25 million fee for Mustafi, news has emerged in recent days to suggest that Valencia had taken a tough stand on the 24 year old defender’s sale, opting not to do business unless any of his suitors meet the German’s £40 million release clause. Continue reading