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Mustafi and Ozil – the days are numbered 0

Posted on October 10, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

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.

Mustafi refuses to go to “war” with Arsenal 0

Posted on September 20, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

Following a transfer window during which his future became obviously uncertain but no move materialized, Shodran Mustafi says he isn’t interested in going to “war” with Arsenal.

Mustafi arrived to the Emirates from Valencia back in 2016 for a fee officially undisclosed but reported at around £35 million, and was announced as an important defensive addition to the team led by Arsene Wenger at the time. He has been a prominent feature for the Gunners in all three seasons so far, making a total of 81 appearances, but he played in the Europa League win away to Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday for the first time this term.

Mustafi exit talks confirmed 0

Posted on August 24, 2019 by Harry Kettle

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.

Emery spoke to Mustafi about leaving 0

Posted on August 10, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has revealed that he has had talks with Shkodran Mustafi about the defender leaving the Emirates this summer.

Since the Spaniard took over from Arsene Wenger a year ago, it’s fair to say that Mustafi has had quite enough opportunities to convince the new boss that his future lies with the Gunners, and there can now be very little doubt that he has failed to do so. Laurent Koscielny was out injured for the first half of last season, Rob Holding for the second. Even the absence of Hector Bellerin at right-back provided the German with a chance as Emery made it quite clear towards the end of the campaign that he wasn’t counting on Stephan Lichtsteiner anymore. But nothing Mustafi has done on the pitch seems to have helped his cause.

Will Mustafi go? 0

Posted on May 15, 2019 by Harry Kettle

We all know that football can be a pretty unforgiving game even at the best of times, to the point where a series of bad displays can destroy your career in the blink of an eye. Of course, that might be us being a little bit overdramatic, but we’ve all seen a player fall from grace before. It’s hardly anything new, and depending on who you support, it can happen quite frequently.

Arsenal experience Groundhog Day at Wolves 0

Posted on April 25, 2019 by David Nugent

Most people are aware of the popular 1990’s movie starring Bill Murray called Groundhog Day where a grouchy, TV reporter revisits the same day over-and-over again until he changes his ways.

Arsenal fans stuck in their own Groundhog Day

Unfortunately, Arsenal fans seem to be stuck in their very own Groundhog Dog when it comes to their teams’ terrible away displays. Unfortunately, there is no signs of Arsenal changing their ways anyway soon.

The latest debacle came in a 3-1 defeat at Wolves on Wednesday night. The home side was leading 3-0 at half-time.

Goodbye, Shkodran 0

Posted on April 22, 2019 by Harry Kettle

A short and simple message to Shkodran Mustafi.

It’s been an emotional journey, but after three years, it’s time to go. It seemed like this could be a positive step forward for Arsenal’s defensive problems at the time, but now, it’s evident that it wasn’t. The one thing we know for sure it this: Mustafi isn’t an elite level Premier League player, and the loss against Crystal Palace proved it.

Reported Arsenal target set to leave United this summer 0

Posted on March 14, 2019 by David Nugent

According to the Metro, reported Arsenal target Manchester United’s Eric Bailly is now surplus to requirements at Old Trafford, which means the centre-back could be on the move in the summer.

The Metro reports suggest that the United hierarchy is set to back boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a transfer kitty of around £200million in the summer. With that sort of cash, the Red Devils can afford to bring in a new centre-back with Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld once again linked with a move to the north west.

Emery must get backing to sign a centre-back this summer 0

Posted on February 05, 2019 by David Nugent

For too long now, Arsenal have had a clear defensive weakness at centre-back. Former boss Arsene Wenger failed to fix it and current boss Unai Emery has been unable to fix the problem so far. However, to be fair to the Spaniard his reign in north London is in its infancy and he has not had much backing in the transfer market or time to sort the problem.

Centre-backs are not good enough

The simple fact is Arsenal’s centre-backs are not good enough. Experienced French centre-back Laurent Koscielny has been the Gunners best centre-back for a long time. However, injuries and the fact that he is the wrong side of 30 mean he will need replacing in the near future.

Arsenal v Tottenham Carabao Cup Preview 0

Posted on December 18, 2018 by David Nugent

On Wednesday night, Arsenal host north London rivals Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium in the last eight of the Carabao Cup.

The Gunners head into this clash on the back of a 3-2 defeat at Southampton that ended their 22-game unbeaten record in all competitions. This competition would not usually be high on the Arsenal priority list. However, the fact that the opponents are Tottenham gives this an extra edge.

Arsenal were defeated finalists in last year’s competition, as they were beaten 3-0 at Wembley by Manchester City. The Gunners will at least be looking to make it to the last four of the competition this season.

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