With Unai Emery’s future uncertain at Arsenal, the atmosphere around the squad seems to be off. Indeed, Granit Xhaka’s situation is not helping and now Shkodran Mustafi has admitted he will consider leaving if the right offer comes along.
Mustafi, 27, signed for Arsenal for £35million (BBC) in the summer of 2016 and has gone on to make 121 appearances for the north Londoners. However, the Germany international has been frozen out of Emery’s Premier League side this season.
The 2010 World Cup winner has managed to appear in all of Arsenal’s four Europa League games and two Carabao Cup matches. But the German has only featured on the bench once, against Southampton on the weekend.
Indeed, Rob Holding, Sokratis and David Luiz are all ahead of Mustafi in the pecking order and Emery seems as though he is unwilling to use the ex-Valencia star in the Premier League. His £90k-a-week contract (Spotrac) expires in 2021.
An exit seems on the horizon as we enter the month-countdown before the January window. Mustafi told Football London: “If there’s something that suits me and I want to make a next step I’m open to think about it.”
Those comments have got to have alerted Steve Bruce and Newcastle United, who continue to adopt a three-man defence at the back and require three centre-backs. Against Aston Villa, The Toon looked thin on the ground at centre-back.
Captain Jamaal Lascelles is out until the new year while Florian Lejeune continues to overcome a long-term problem. Fabian Schar was on the bench against Aston Villa after overcoming a problem, leaving Paul Dummett to act as a makeshift option.
He was caught out alongside Ciaran Clark and Federico Fernandez. A couple of injuries and Newcastle look slim at the back, and a new centre-back should be a target in January. A loan move for Mustafi would be the perfect solution.
His wages are affordable, Arsenal would be willing to loan given their unwillingness to use him in the league, and Mustafi would surely love to remain in England playing Premier League football. It is a move that benefits all parties.