While it’s not particularly nice to single out players for criticism, sometimes, it’s warranted. A perfect case in point would be Shkodran Mustafi, who put in a series of poor performances towards the end of last season that you could argue cost Arsenal in a big way. Even if you don’t agree with that, it certainly doesn’t seem like he’s going to be able to break into the first team anytime soon.
As such it makes sense for him to move on to pastures new which, as reported by Sky Sports, is what both parties are working hard towards accomplishing. His father and agent made the following statement confirming that they are looking into different possibilities that would see him move on from the Emirates within the next few weeks or so.
The exit door awaits
“Shkodran had a great time with Arsenal. We still have a contract for two years and can imagine to stay in London.
“However the best for both sides is probably to work on a transfer. But for that it also needs market-driven transfer-fees.”
This comes in the wake of Gunners boss Unai Emery pretty much confirming that he thought it’d be best for both Mustafi and Elneny to work towards a move away from the club.
“We have some players and they know their situation. For example, Elneny and Mustafi, they know their situation in the squad,”
“I want the players to be happy here, I want the players to be protagonists here, and last year, for example, with Mustafi and Mo, when they didn’t play, they weren’t happy.
“I spoke with them a lot of times last year in this position and I think it is positive for them to leave and to sign for another team where they can be protagonists, they can be happy and can continue their careers as players.”
That kind of honesty is sometimes hard to come by in the world of football, and we’re glad that Emery has come out and say it. Nobody is trying to put forward a character assassination of these guys (unless you’re really unpleasant), it’s just that they aren’t up to scratch anymore.
Either way, regardless of where they go, we hope that they find success for themselves – especially Mustafi who has received an absolute metric tonne of abuse over the course of the last few months.
Do you agree that he should leave Arsenal?