Arsenal are extremely keen to part with ways with defender Shkodran Mustafi this summer, according to Charles Watts of Football.London.
26-year-old central-defender Mustafi has been on Arsenal’s books since the summer of 2016, when he made the move to North London from La Liga outfit Valencia for £35 million.
The stopper’s signing was, at the time, viewed as quite a coup for the Gunners, with Mustafi having impressed during previous spells in both Spain and Italy. In addition, he arrived with a World Cup winner’s medal to his name.
However, the German’s spell in the English capital has since proven underwhelming to say the least.
Despite showcasing his undoubted potential as a solid defender in spurts over the course of his Arsenal career, Mustafi’s rash, impulsive side too-often results in the former Everton youngster letting his side down in crucial moments.
Never was this more evident than in the North London derby at the beginning of the month, when, with Arsenal in control, Mustafi needlessly pushed Harry Kane in the back in the penalty area, allowing Tottenham to secure a point courtesy of Kane’s subsequent spot-kick.
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‘Far from convinced’
And, as per the aforementioned report courtesy of Charles Watts this afternoon, despite Mustafi having started 24 of Arsenal’s 30 Premier League outings to this point in the campaign, the club will attempt to move the 26-year-old on come the summer.
Unai Emery has been left unconvinced by Mustafi’s performances, with the board at the Emirates still hopeful of recouping ‘a relatively decent fee’ for the stopper:
‘I’m convinced Arsenal will do all they can to move Mustafi on this summer.’
‘From what I’ve heard, Emery is far from convinced by him. And Arsenal believe they could still get a relatively decent fee for the defender.’
‘The big issue is trying to convince him to move. As is the way with most at Arsenal, he is on good wages and won’t be in any rush to leave.’