Mustafi has become somewhat of a bit-part player at Arsenal over the past two months.
The German was once Arsenal’s number one centre-back, but performances have left him down the pecking order after the arrivals of David Luiz in the summer and Sokratis Papastathopoulos last year.
Despite featuring in 31 Premier League games last season, Mustafi is yet to feature for Arsenal in the English top-flight during the current campaign.
Emery even suggested during the summer that the player should leave for a new challenge.
Mustafi only made his first appearance in all competitions this season on Thursday night against Eintracht Frankfurt.
Now, Mustafi has been speaking about his future and it looks as though he still has one eye on the exit.
LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 21: Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal whilst Shkodran Mustafi of Arsenal reacts during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Crystal Palace at Emirates Stadium on April 21, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
‘If something turns out, I’m open to taking the next step’
Speaking after the game on Thursday, Mustafi claimed that he’s still open to leaving the club ‘if something turns out’.
However, if nothing comes to fruition, he’s happy to continue with his football.
‘My dad talked to the club. I am a player of Arsenal and have another two years of contract,’ Mustafi explained, as quoted by the Mail.
‘I was never the one who starts a war when something does not work out.
‘If something turns out, I’m open to taking the next step. If not, then I will continue my football.
‘The coach told me that he sees me the same way as any player in the team. That’s why I played today.
‘If at some point a club from Germany has interest and it fits, I’m open for it.’
Arsenal & Man United youngsters named in Europa League Team of the Week
Mustafi was pretty solid on Thursday for Arsenal but there were two players who took most of the plaudits, so much so that they were named in the Europa League team of the week.
Click here to see which players they are.
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