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Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi: I began as a striker

Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi admits he used to be a striker.

World Cup winner Mustafi, who came through the ranks at Hamburg before moving to Everton in 2009, used to play as a striker.

“First of all, I'm happy now because otherwise I don't know if I would be here," he told the club's website. “But when I started, I started as a striker.

“When I was only 14, I signed for Hamburg and slowly went all the way back to the defence.

“I played in front of the defence for a few games and then in the end I ended up being a central defender and then I got a call up for the national team, for the under-15s at this time, and then it became my position."

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