Shkodran Mustafi has revealed that former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is his defensive idol.
Mustafi, who spent four years in England playing for Everton as a youngster, grew up watching the centre-back ply his trade for the likes of Leeds and Manchester United.
The 24-year-old possesses similar defensive attributes to the former England man and claims he “had everything a defender needed”.
He also revealed his other footballing idols with the likes of Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldinho featuring prominently on his list of all-time greats.
“I loved watching Zidane. I loved watching Ronaldinho and when I became a defender I loved Ferdinand," Mustafi told Goal.“He was always there, screaming, tackling playing. He had everything a defender needed."
Mustafi has yet to lose a game during his first few months at Arsenal and is part of a back four which has conceded just 19 goals in 20 matches.