Shkodran Mustafi and Mesut Ozil both look set to move on from Arsenal in the near future, with neither of the two Germans having a place in the team under manager Unai Emery.
Mustafi has been out of favour for a while, and truth be told, he did very little to change Emery’s mind when he was on the pitch. His consistently poor performances have been an unmissable part of Arsenal’s woeful defending in the last several seasons, and with the return of Rob Holding from injury and Calum Chambers from loan, as well as the arrival of David Luiz from Chelsea, there simply isn’t a place for him anymore.
The centre-back has already announced his departure, it seems, though it remains unclear where he will be plying his trade next. Speaking to German outlet Der Spiegel, he spoke about the next step in his career, emphasizing the importance of it being the right step in order to avoid a repeat of the Arsenal scenario and actually improve his predicament.
Mustafi confirmed talks were held over the summer (he was linked with AS Roma at one point), but he says no agreement was reached that would have suited all parties involved. Both he and Arsenal will be hoping that it will be different when January comes.
According to the Mirror, the attacking midfielder is fearful that he has already played his last game in the Arsenal shirt.
Perhaps even more so than Mustafi, he has fallen out of favour with Emery and he is struggling to even make the bench. Emery recently explained that he was left out of the squad for the trip to Old Trafford through decision, not injury, and when he was asked about leaving the former Real Madrid man out again for the Europa League clash against Standard Liege, Emery simply replied that there were those who deserved a place more.
Whether it’s a tactical thing, with the boss preferring pacey players on the attacking flanks and having choices like Nicolas Pepe, Bukayo Saka and Ainsley Maitland-Niles for that, or Ozil himself simply not rising up to the standards expected of him in training, it really seems he’s come to the end of the road at the Emirates with nothing but the exit door on the horizon.