Having been strongly linked with a move away from the club before the end of the transfer window, it now looks as if Shkodran Mustafi will remain an Arsenal player after potential moves to Inter Milan and Juventus fell through.
The German international, who only signed from Valencia last August, was on the brink of an exit, with the Gunners seeking a loan fee and a commitment to buy as part of the deal.
Now, however, he’ll spend the season in North London:
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) August 31, 2017
Quite how he feels about that remains to be seen. Having been deemed expendable by the manager doesn’t augur well for that relationship, but at the same time professionals know how the game works so hopefully he’ll get his head down and work hard. It’s far from ideal all hought.
There were suggestions that a move for a central defender was on the cards, but that seemed reliant on Mustafi leaving, so the chances of a signing in that area are slim, to say the last.