Shkodran Mustafi could potentially leave Arsenal on a free transfer in next summer’s transfer window.
According to the player’s father, the central defender could leave the club following the expiration of his contract at the end of the season (via Sport1).
He said: “Nothing is ruled out, we can imagine everything because Shkodran is a free agent in the summer.”
Will Arsenal miss Mustafi if he leaves the club?
A departure would be a move that could suit all parties especially given how far down the pecking order Mustafi has fallen. The German is yet to start a Premier League game this season, despite having enjoyed something of a renaissance under Mikel Arteta last campaign.
He was a crucial player for the Spaniard and started in seven league games when football resumed back in June. He was also in sensational form in the FA Cup semi-final as the Reds beat Manchester City 2-0 just weeks after they were thrashed by the Citizens at the Etihad Stadium.
His lack of appearances does raise a question over how much trust Arteta has in the 28-year-old, despite the former City assistant coach having claimed he is ‘happy’ with the player.
Whenever I think about the £10.8m-rated Mustafi, my mind is immediately drawn to comments from Lee Dixon (via Gary Neville) about how Valencia struggled to get rid of the defender before Arsenal came calling. His time at the club has played out exactly as those comments suggest it would, full of errors and poor defending.
His departure from the club can hopefully hail a new era where the club sign players who are actually reliable. They have made a good start with Gabriel, who seems to be incredibly solid as seen by his performances thus far.