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Koscielny happy with Mustafi partnership

Arsenal centre back Laurent Koscielny is happy with the way his partnership with Shkodran Mustafi is evolving.

Mustafi, 24, was brought in late during the summer transfer window from La Liga side Valencia for a reported fee of £35 million. The German international has gone straight into the starting XI next to Laurent Koscielny as the Gunners have a couple of injuries at the back, including veteran Per Mertesacker.

Arsenal grabbed a 2-0 over FC Basel in the Champions League on Wednesday, and Koscielny said he’s pleased with the recent run of form the team has been in.

“When we have good movement, with the quality and speed of our passing and when it is on a high level, we can be a danger in every situation,” Koscielny told the club’s official website.

“We have been better for the past two or three weeks and we need to keep this and not to think that because we played well [previously], the results will come.

“We need to fight on the pitch and defend together, to be better in the transition from offence to defence and from defence to attack. It is very important to keep our feet on the floor, to work and then the results will come.”

The Frenchman is also pleased with the way his partnership with Mustafi is coming along.

“We kept another clean sheet, so it is very good,” Koscielny said. “[Mustafi and I] need time to know each other well and it is very important to communicate well.

“We did a good job because the whole team defended well and when we play like this, with all the players helping their team-mates, it is easier for us at the back.”

Koscielny happy with Mustafi partnership

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