Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has told The Sun that he won’t stand in the way of Shkodran Mustafi if he wants to leave.
The defender has fallen way out of favour under the Spaniard and hasn’t featured in the last two league games.
A German World Cup winner, Mustafi has started just once in the Premier League this season. His days at the Emirates Stadium look numbered with each passing game that he doesn’t make the squad.
Now it seems as though enough is enough for Arteta. The 27-year-old has had many second chances and he could leave during the transfer window.
Mustafi signed for the Gunners in 2016 from Valencia and he cost Arsenal £35 million (The Guardian).
He is paid £90,000-a-week (Spotrac) at the club and his wages would be ideal for Arteta to go and land a target of his own.
Arsenal are languishing in tenth place in the Premier League and a mini-run will be needed to secure European football.
In recent weeks the partnership of David Luiz and Sokratis has proved eyecatching.
Despite Calum Chambers suffering a season-ending injury, there is hope from Arteta that he could get by without Mustafi.
Fotomac recently reported that Galatasaray were interested in the defender and a move could now be on the cards.
Arteta’s decision to not stand in the way of Mustafi will surely go down well with supporters.
Arsenal have accepted average for far too long and the optimism now will be that Arteta continues trying to offload more deadwood.