Mustafi talks up Perez qualities

Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi has backed fellow new signing Lucas Perez to be a big hit in the Premier League.

Arsenal: Mustafi talks up Perez qualitiesArsenal: Mustafi talks up Perez qualities

Perez joined the Gunners in a £17million deal from Deportivo La Coruna ahead of the transfer deadline, as manager Arsene Wenger was able to at last reinforce his attacking options.

Germany international Mustafi joined on the same day in a £35million deal from Valencia, a team Perez scored twice against last season on his way to a 17-goal haul in La Liga.

“He is uncomfortable to play against,” Mustafi said. “He’s a good striker – he has everything a striker needs.

“He’s someone you can play well with. He doesn’t just run around and wait for someone to give him a pass to score a goal. He works a lot for the team as well and he creates chances.

“He’s in the right place at the right time, as he showed last year in La Liga. I played there for two years and I know it’s not that easy to score many goals in La Liga, because you have great defenders there as well.

“I think he’s going to help the team a lot.”

Perez and Mustafi trained with Arsenal on Wednesday as the squad returned from the international break, and could feature in Saturday’s home match against Southampton.

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