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What now for Shkodran Mustafi?

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.


Loan deal the best option for Missing Mustafi

In Arsenal’s opening game of the season, it was Calum chambers in the starting XI with David Luiz the only defender on the bench.

At the weekend against Burnley, the pair swapped positions with Luiz starting and Chambers on the bench.

For the 2nd week in a row, Unai Emery was unable (or unwilling) to find a space for Shkodran Mustafi.

Last Thursday the club released an update about Rob Holding. The Englishman is back in full training and will probably be back in the team for the 1st Europa League group game in a months time, where he will partner Chambers.

Holding’s return will push Mustafi further down the pecking order. 5th choice centre back. It is a clear indication that Emery does not want him. But as time goes on, doors will begin closing on the German.

The English transfer window shut on August 9th, the eve of the new season, but across Europe windows are still open for a limited time.

In recent days, Mustafi has been linked to Roma. The Serie A window shuts on the 2nd September.

Likewise a move to Monaco would have to also be completed on the 2nd September. It is the same date if Mustafi is to return to France or Germany.

An outside bet is Turkey, their window shuts on 1st September.

With Arsenal currently holding out for £25million+, a loan option may well be the end result.

If a club is will to pay his £90,000 a week wages, Arsenal might be willing to let him go if a side stumps up a £7million loan fee – that is the cost of Mustafi’s amortised transfer fee within the accounts following his £35million move from Valencia in 2016.

That would save Arsenal nearly £12million and in a year’s time, the club would be willing to accept a much lower transfer fees, potentially in the region of £15million.

Arsenal are making it clear and obvious to Mustafi that his services are no longer required.

It is now up to him whether he has the ambition to push for a move, or is happy sitting around for 2 years picking up nearly £10million and not playing.

Watch this space…

Arsenal clear out set to begin

Following a very good transfer window in terms of who came in to Arsenal, the bit Arsenal clear out has still not really taken place.

Before the English transfer window shut, Arsenal moved on the likes of Krystian Bielik, Carl Jenkinson and Alex Iwobi. They also sold David Ospina and Laurent Koscielny to clubs abroad.

Whilst the English transfer window might have closed, the windows in France, German and Spain do not slam shut until 2nd September, whilst the Serie A window shuts on the 23rd August. This means there is still plenty of time for Arsenal to move a few more players on.

Unai Emery dropped a huge hint that Shkodran Mustafi is off by not even selecting him to sit on the bench in the clubs opening game against Newcastle.

The Spaniard picked Calum Chambers and Sokratis to start the match. Mustafi did not even make the bench even though Arsenal only had one other fit defender (David Luiz).

Mohamed Elneny will surely not be too far behind Mustafi out of the door.

The Egyptian midfielder barely played last season and now finds himself behind Granit Xhaka, Lucas Torreira, ,Matteo Guendouzi, Ainsley Maitland Niles and Joe Willock. Chambers would likely also get in ahead of him.

With the arrival of Kieran Tierney, Arsenal currently have 3 left backs – the Manxman joining Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac.

The feeling is if a big enough offer comes in for Kolasinac, Arsenal will consider it.

Monreal recently signed a new 1 year deal and would be unlikely to raise much in transfer funds. The experienced Spaniard was named as part of Emery’s leadership team and will surely stay about for another year.

If Arsenal do cash in on all 3 players, they can expect to recoup around £50million. This would take it to over £100m received from sold players, topping the bank account back up to go again next summer.

All is bright, all is beautiful, all is red and white.