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Watch: Shkodran Mustafi's amazing control during Germany training

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With the final round of international friendlies and World Cup qualifiers coming around this week, there will be a fair few Premier League managers hoping that their players all make it back in one piece.

None more so that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who will be no doubt have been enduring nightmares this week after it emerged that Alexis Sanchez will feature for Chile against Uruguay despite carrying a slight thigh injury.

And to add further insult to injury (no pun intended) Spanish youngster Hector Bellerin had to be sent home from his international commitments with an ankle problem, and as such could miss out against Manchester United this weekend.

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However, Wenger has one man on a mission in Europe who is looking in shape and in good spirits who will surely come back primed and ready to take on the Red Devils.

German international defender Shkodran Mustafi is in line to feature in Germany's friendly against Italy on Tuesday night, but won't be facing as stern a test as Sanchez, and the relaxed attitude around the German camp was reflected by the centre-back showing off his skills during training.

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In the build up to the game with Italy, the German FA posted a smooth looking gif of the big man's ball control in full flow.

Like poetry in motion...

Who knew he had it in him? We thought defenders weren't supposed to play like that.

Good start

Mustafi has adapted well to life at Arsenal so far. Having joined over the summer from Valencia in a deal worth an estimated £35million (via BBC) and he has taken no time at all to become a regular fixture in Arsene Wenger's plans.

The 24-year-old was part of Germany's World Cup winning squad in 2014, and has since gone on to make 11 appearances for the Gunners across all competitions this season.

However, this isn't Mustafi's first taste of English football as he began his carer with Everton, but could only feature a handful of times over three years between 2009-2012 before moving on to Sampdoria.

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