Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi says his side will have full respect for Dundalk when the two teams go head to head at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday night.

While admitting he doesn’t know much about Filippo Giovagnoli’s side, the German World Cup winner said any team who has reached the group stages cannot be taken lightly.

Asked about the Lilywhites, Mustafi said: “To be fair they’re not a team that I knew very well but of course we have watched them and seen a few of their games and we know the way they play but at the end of the day you don’t have to analyse the opponent that well when you see that they’re in the Europa League.

“That means that they have achieved something to be in this competition. They’re a good side and they play to their strengths. If you let them play the way they’d like to play then of course it is going to be a difficult game.”

Mustafi, who played his first minutes since suffering a knee injury last July against Leicester on Sunday, is hoping to get his first 90 minutes of the season against Dundalk.

“I played my first 45 against Leicester. You’d wish to have more time between the games but I feel ready to go again for 90 minutes,” he said.