And we awake this morning following the transfer window slamming shut on mainland Europe with Shkodran Mustafi still an Arsenal player.
The question is what will Emery do with the German international? And what will Mustafi himself do?
Mustafi has yet to play a single minute this season and Emery made it abundantly clear that he is no longer part of his plans.
On the opening day of the season, with David Luiz having only just signed, emery went for Calum Chambers in defence alongside Sokratis. Mustafi was not even on the bench.
With Rob Holding close to a return, Mustafi is, at best, Emery’s 5th choice.
In the Europa League this season, Emery will go for a partnership of Holding and Chambers. If either of those are out, he will probably look younger – at Kostadinos Mavropanos or Zech Medley, rather than playing Mustafi.
Emery now has a player he does not want at the club. Does he ostracise him? Stick him training with the kids, or even on his own? Mustafi is a popular member of the squad, and that decision could do more harm then good.
And what for Mustafi and his ambitions? It is surprising that he did not push harder to leave. He turns 28-years-old this season, is he really willing to rot in the reserves?
One potential option could be Russia. Their transfer window does not shut until This Friday, the 6th of September. Other than that, it looks like it will probably be a January move for him.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan leaving for Roma yesterday alongside Mohamed Elneny and Nacho Monreal leaving the day before has wiped off over £45million from Arsenal’s yearly wage bill. With incoming players, including the Dani Cebellos loan deal, Arsenal would have knocked off around £20million from the costs.
Raul Sanllehi has reduced Arsenal’s wage bill whilst increasing the quality of the squad. 3rd has to be the minimum target this season.