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Soon-to-be Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi revealed that German national teammate Mesut Ozil convinced him to join the London club from Valencia.

The former Everton centre-back is set to be unveiled as an Arsenal player this week after Arsene Wenger admitted that the club are sorting out the paperwork to finalise the deal.

Arsenal secured their first league win of the season on Saturday when they won 3-1 away to Watford, and will use the international break to strengthen their squad with a couple of signings.

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Mustafi, 24, will be a much needed defensive boost for the Gunners, having been one of the top defenders in the La Liga last season.

His move to Arsenal has been quickened following the injury to compatriot Per Mertesacker, while Ozil spoke to him about life at the club.

“I did not see Per for a long time because he quit international football but I talked to Mesut,” Mustafi told Sky Sports Germany.

“He told me everything I wanted to know. Everything was positive, so I was convinced very fast. It did not take much.

“I have always loved Arsenal, I like how they play here, it is not typical English.

“The game here is more like in Spain and with the German national team, keeping the ball on the grass, so it was easy to convince me.”

Mustafi has reported passed a medical along with Deportivo La Coruna striker Lucas Perez, with Valencia agreeing to sell the defender for a fee of £35 million.


Culled from ESPNFC