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Arsenal’s Mustafi reveals his “risky” alternative career path to football

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Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi has revealed he would most likely have become a policeman if he hadn’t made it as a footballer.

Speaking whilst on Confederations Cup duty with Germany in Russia, he told the Berliner Morgenpost that he believes he has the right character to make it as a cop:

“I have a lot of respect for policemen. They have a risky job with which they do a lot of good, even if it is not always and in every situation appreciated by everyone. I think you need a strong character in the profession. Because even if you do something really good to someone, it can happen that you are offended and insulted. A cop must remain cool.”

Mustafi played the full ninety minutes against Australia in the 3-2 win yesterday. He will likely also play in the final two remaining group matches against Chile and Cameroon. They face the Copa America winners on Thursday evening before facing the African Cup of Nations holders on Sunday night.

The 25 year old had an up and down first season with the Gunners, following his £35m move from Valencia. He had two injury layoffs; one in December due to a hamstring problem and another in April with a thigh injury. He will hoping for a more settled second campaign when he returns to action for the Gunners in August.

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