Arsenal new-boy Shkodran Mustafi has admitted his transfer fee can be a burden but says he was determined to join the Gunners.
The centre-back left Valencia for north London in August for a fee believed to be in the region of £35 million.
Mustafi has gone on to forge a promising partnership with Laurent Koscielny at the heart of the Arsenal defence with the pair having helped the team keep clean sheets in their last three outings against Burnley, Basel and Chelsea.
The Germany international admits his price tag is an issue but says he tries not to think about it as he had no influence over the transfer negotiations.
“I wanted to go to Arsenal, everything else was negotiated by the clubs,” Mustafi told Sport Bild. “Of course, this is an incredible sum. And I know what a burden that can bring.
“Especially in my second home in Gostivar [Macedonia]. But I could not influence that. So I push it far away.”
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With Mustafi in the team Arsenal have shrugged off a slow start to move into third place in the table going into the international break just two points off leaders Manchester City after seven games.
The defender feels the Gunners are proving to their critics they can mount a title challenge and is confident they can have success this season.
“We are showing that we have something big maybe,” he added. “So we have goals. And we can achieve. I have faith in that, too.”
If Mustafi’s transfer fee is weighing on his mind it certainly is not showing on the field. Alongside Koscielny, Arsenal have conceded just three goals in six games and he looks like being another shrewd piece of business by Arsene Wenger.