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Shkodran Mustafi Keen to Stay at Arsenal Despite Club's Willingness to Sell
90min
Fri, 12 Jul 2019 13:09

Shkodran Mustafi Keen to Stay at Arsenal Despite Club's Willingness to Sell

90min
Fri, 12 Jul 2019 13:09

Shkodran Mustafi has no intention of leaving the Emirates Stadium this summer, even though Arsenal are keen to sell the World Cup winning centre-back.

Shkodran Mustafi Keen to Stay at Arsenal Despite Club's Willingness to Sell

Mustafi has been heavily criticised for a string of poor performances since arriving in north London, and many had expected his Arsenal nightmare to finally come to an end this summer - with manager Unai Emery having reportedly run out of patience.
Not only has Koscielny disrespected the club, hes made it harder for Arsenal to get rid of Mustafi. Unforgivable

— J Nicholas (@EmbyMby) July 11, 2019
However, ​BBC Sports David Ornstein, known for his inside knowledge of Arsenals transfer dealings, claims the German has no intention of leaving the club during this window.
The news comes one day removed from ​Laurent Koscielnys refusal to attend the Gunners pre-season tour of the USA, in an attempt to force through a return to his native France. 
Koscielnys possible departure may go some way to explaining Mustafis decision to stay, as the 27-year-old likely feels this will put him in a stronger position to challenge Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Rob Holding for a first-team spot next season.
Mustafi had been linked with moves to Fenerbahçe and ​AC Milan in the recent past, though both of these moves now look doubtful, due to the centre-backs desire to remain in the capital. 
This will frustrate Unai Emery, who has attempted to ​move Mustafi on at every opportunity since taking over from Arsene Wenger last summer. 
The failure to sell the stuttering defender is indicative of the wider failure of ​Arsenals transfer dealings this summer, with a restrictive transfer budget proving troublesome in the increasingly more expensive market.
They have so far failed to secure moves for their top targets, including ​Wilfried Zaha, Nabil Fekir and ​Kieren Tierney, whilst their attempts to offload the ​astronomical wages of Mesut zil have also proved fruitless.