Gunners boss Unai Emery officially announces talks with defender about transfer move
Gunners boss Unai Emery admits he has spoken to Shkodran Mustafi about potentially leaving Arsenal this summer.
The Gunners managed to acquire the services of William Saliba, David Luiz and Kieran Tierney by the end of the transfer window, although Saliba has been sent back to St.Etienne as he is not ready for a move to Arsenal just yet.
That led to some late speculation that the Gunners could offload Mustafi, a World Cup-winner with Germany, who has come under criticism from supporters since his arrival.
He has looked like a man lost in the healdights, looks too slow and out of place in the Premier League, with many hoping that he was indeed to leave the club this transfer window.
And Emery has admitted that he has spoken to the German about a move away from the Emirates, he said of Mutafi: “I spoke with him when we finished last season.
“I spoke with him when we started pre-season and I spoke with him also two weeks ago saying maybe there was the possibility he can leave. But I don’t have doubts if he needs to play because he is a good player.
“Maybe we decided to be more competitive in each position, at centre-back with David Luiz, with another player in the middle with (Dani) Ceballos, with Kieran Tierney, with (Nicolas) Pepe.
“I think being more competitive we can respond better in the season. Some players maybe they can play less with that situation and can leave.
“But it’s one decision taken with the player, with the club, with the team. At the moment he is here and really if we need, he plays with us. I have confidence he will do well.
“Some supporters can believe or like one player more than another player, that’s normal.
“But inside I want to be strong and to create a big squad with a big, competitive, winning mentality and above us, with confidence in each other.”
Mustafi has been very unimpressive at Arsenal since his arrival and rather than get rid of him and bring in a more solid replacement, the Gunners decided to keep hold.
That is the problem at Arsenal, rather than sell players that have been pretty much a waste of space, they keep hold and hope for the best that they will come good.