Mustafi names Ferdinand as Premier League icon

Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi has enjoyed a decent start to his life in North London, with the German World Cup winner possessing the remarkable statistic of being yet to experience defeat since moving to England.

That record will of course have to end somewhere but it’s a positive sign for a player who hasn’t taken long to adjust to the rigours of the Premier League and he’s identified who his idol was growing up, naming a former England international.

Speaking to Goal about his idols growing up, Mustafi said:

“I loved watching (Zinedine) Zidane. I loved watching Ronaldinho and when I became a defender I loved Ferdinand. He was always there, screaming, tackling playing. He had everything a defender needed.”

Ferdinand won everything he could possibly get his hands on with Manchester United, including the Champions League crown that has thus far eluded Arsenal during their history, and Mustafi will certainly be hoping he can emulate at least some of the success Ferdinand enjoyed.