According to football.london, Shkodran Mustafi rejected an offer of a new contract from Arsenal during the summer and told the club he will leave at the end of the season.
The 28-year-old defender arrived to the Emirates from Valencia back in 2016 for a considerable fee, reportedly amounting to £ 35 million. His time at the club has been full of ups and downs with his form rarely showing any signs of consistency. He could play a fantastic game one week and then follow it up with a shambolic performance the next. Capable of playing on either side of the centre-back pairing, he has also been known to step in as a right-back, particularly in the final stages of 2018/19 when Unai Emery lost his faith in Stefan Lichtsteiner while Hector Bellerin was injured. Overall, the Germany international has made 143 appearances for the Gunners in all competitions, scoring nine goals.
Nonetheless, Mustafi seemed likely to leave during the reign of the current Villarreal boss, when Emery publicly stated his opinion that it would be best for the player to continue his career elsewhere. In the end, Mustafi outstayed Emery at the club, but his prospects of getting regular game-time under Mikel Arteta don’t look any better. This term, he has played only once, coming on for David Luiz after 49 minutes of the game Arsenal ended up losing 0-1 to Leicester City on Sunday evening at the Emirates.
Arteta actually praised Mustafi’s efforts recently, and if a new contract was indeed put on the table for the player to consider, the boss most likely had in mind the need for squad depth in the near future. However, it seems Mustafi would rather go somewhere where he would have a greater chance of a regular starting spot, and with his current deal expiring at the end of the season, the final decision will be his alone.