According to Romanews, Shkodran Mustafi’s agent has stated that there is no present transfer link between the Arsenal defender and Roma.
However, that does not necessarily mean that the German centre-back’s future at the Emirates Stadium is assured. This could be an agent trying to play games in the press to serve his client, or Mustafi could simply make a switch elsewhere this summer.
All that is certain is that Arsenal would be better off without Mustafi. Since his £35 million arrival in north London in 2016, the 27-year-old has been a liability at the back for the Gunners. Regular mistakes and lapses in concentration have seen him become an unpopular figure amongst the Arsenal faithful.
Unai Emery will know that his defence is a weak point in his team. Arsenal must improve at the back if they’re to stand a chance of securing a return to the Champions League. This process of improvement must begin with the exits of all those who are not up to scratch. Mustafi ought to be at the top of this list.
However, following Laurent Koscielny’s recent antics, his future with the club is in doubt too. Arsenal may be forced to move their veteran captain on this summer, which complicates Mustafi’s potential depature. Koscielny’s exit would leave the Gunners’ defensive contingent perilously light on numbers. Selling Mustafi too would therefore leave Emery’s options at the back absolutely threadbare.
Arsenal face a big ask in replacing both Mustafi and Koscielny in what remains of the transfer window. However, continuing to rely on the 20-cap Germany international will only hold Emery’s side back.
As difficult as it may be, Arsenal must find a way to replace both Koscielny and Mustafi before the transfer deadline passes.