Hector Bellerin has heaped praise on one of his colleagues in the Arsenal back four as the team prepares for a decisive period in the season.

Arsene Wenger strengthened his defensive unit at the end of the summer transfer window by signing Shkodran Mustafi from Valencia in a £35 million deal.

The Germany international, who is yet to lose a game in an Arsenal shirt, has formed a strong partnership with Laurent Koscielny at the heart of the Gunners’ defence.

And after playing alongside Mustafi for a few months now, Bellerin has hailed Arsenal’s signing from La Liga.

“He has been a great addition to the team,” the defender said in an interview

“He has adapted really well to the way we play. He likes to come out and look for people up front, and doesn’t kick long ball balls, he looks to play the ball on the floor and that’s really important to the way we play.

“Defensively he has grown since the first day, he is really confident around the other players, he will tell you what to do, he is a World Cup winner as well and a leader. The stats show he is a very positive defender and he is helping us get clean sheets.

“From the first day he was here we got on really well, on and off the pitch. From his time at Valencia, he speaks very good Spanish so that makes it easy – not just with me but other people in the back four.

“I feel very confident when I play with him because I know someone has got my back as well – not just the goalkeeper, you also know Shkodran will be there. I really like playing with him.”

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