Mustafi set to stay as Inter and Juventus moves fall through

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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:

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.

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Thierrymakesmewet
Thierrymakesmewet

This isn’t the worst thing that could’ve happened.

Tommygun
Tommygun

Glad he is staying. Can’t Arseblog orchestrate some kind of campaign against Kroenke. I know people are divided on AW as manager but I think we are pretty unanimous in our agreement that the yank has to go. Arseblog has a massive following with no direct ties to the club (as far as I know). Can you not use your platform to try and engineer positive change? It can’t go on like this.

Donald\'s Trump
Donald\'s Trump

Don’t think there is still a divide on wenger?

punter
punter

thats a sad thing..but increasingly feel its true. not sure what arsenal fans hate more. agreeing with piers morgan or not able to see the club disintegrate.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

If it’s true that we don’t have any money (!) I am less annoyed with Wenger although still not entirely happy …

Clock End 20
Clock End 20

Good idea Tommygun. I’d be right behind this.

Tommygun
Tommygun

Thanks Clock End. I just think there should be some kind of joined up approach between the AST, Arseblog and RedAction. The fans are not powerless, there just needs to be a bit of organisation. Some are still divided on AW, I love him to bits but it’s not working and we need new leadership at the top. We need to pressure Kroenke to sell and if that mean boycotting part or all of games and the clubs other retail outlets and sponsors then so be it.

ondrej
ondrej

The yank doesnt bench kolasinac or lacazette..

Cazorla\'s Both Feet
Cazorla\'s Both Feet

Maybe thousands of us should disrupt his other businesses. All I can come up with is posting him our shit

WWTC
WWTC

Yes I will be all for this. But I feel the only protest that will make a dent will be if we vote with our feet. Nothing will frighten Kroenke out quick than empty seats.

Doug
Doug

I’d love a change at the very top, but how exactly would a social media campaign force a billionaire on the other side of the ocean to sell a team? You think ol Stan cares about some mean FB and Twitter posts?

Tommygun
Tommygun

Doug, if it is a social media campaign that encourages hundreds of thousands of Arsenal fans not to spend money at the stadium bars, club retail outlets or with club sponsors and boycott part or all of certain games then it is likely to have an effect in my view. There will always be people willing to buy tickets for games but it would be a PR disaster if large sections of the crowd walk out or don’t turn up for the first 10 minutes. Taking money out of the tills will also hurt Kroenke and whilst it may be a mild irritant in the grand scheme of his business empire, it may encourage him to sell to someone making a good offer. I would personally be happy to chip in to fund this kind of campaign and I am sure lots of other Gooners would too.

Allen
Allen

Yes, I agree 100% and will join all activities against Kroenke Should work together with DT and Troopz at arsenalfantv. Get out of my beloved club!

eternalflamini
eternalflamini

It’s not if the boss decides to use him properly. If he does a Perez, it hurts everybody.

George
George

Well this is awkward.

Voldermort
Voldermort

Exactly. Think he could be a great player but how motivated is he going to be knowing the manager doesn’t want him.
Farcical from arsenal. Thought previous windows took some beating but this tops the lot for incompetence.

George
George

I’ve still no clue how or why it all fell apart with Mustafi so quickly. He had an up-and-down first year, but it wasn’t horrible. Someone mentioned in another article that he did something after the Stoke loss – but I can’t find a thing about it.

Godfrey Twatsloch
Godfrey Twatsloch

From what I hear, and it’s only a rumour but it makes sense, Mustafi tore into everyone after Stoke. Not just after the game but in training over the days that followed. I can imagine that he might have let Wenger know just how shit he is as well which I guess is where the sudden urge to sell arguably our best defender came from.

People talk of a lack of characters like Bould and Adams who’d police the team during weak performances and here is one who allegedly did just that. All power to him!

Godfrey Twatsloch
Godfrey Twatsloch

Allegedly he laid into everyone after Stoke and kept going throughout the week that followed. Possibly, which would explain the urge to offload him, he gave Wenger a few choice words as well.

There’s often talk of a lack of characters like Bould or Adams who’ll kick people up the arse during lacklustre performances and here’s one who did it. All power to him!

Danny
Danny

He shoulda laid in to himself. He was a fucking liability against Stoke, diving in like a Sunday league player. If he’s gonna stay, I hope he stays on his feet.

Dave
Dave

If Wenger is offloading him because he gave him and the squad a few choice words, then this team is fucked for as long as Wenger is in charge.

Dazz
Dazz

Holy crap we’re useless at transfers!! I always think we couldn’t be any worse than what we are and every day I am unpleasantly surprised.

gooner
gooner

Thank God.

Kroenke trying to offset the CL money by selling whoever has value.

thw14
thw14

I see the #CLEAROUT of players who are not fully committed to the club is going well.

Is there a single report that comes out of the club that is not contradicted five minutes later?

ronaldo
ronaldo

at least evans wont be coming here

Michael Bolton Wanderers
Michael Bolton Wanderers

This pleases me a lot. I have no confidence that we would have been able to get a replacement for him if he left.

Donald\'s Trump
Donald\'s Trump

But now we have a player who we have told we don’t want. So knowing Wenger it will either mean he plays every game on the left wing or we won’t hear from him ever again

Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter

Lucas Perez all over again

*or Joel Campbell*

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

Isn’t it about time we had some pictures of puppies, Blogs?

Phil
Phil

I doubt he was ‘deemed expendable’, that doesn’t really fit. More likely that Mustafi has thrown a strop behind the scenes, which just adds to the disharmony in the squad, with Bob Wilson saying members of the squad don’t want Alexis around at the moment.

SG_gooner
SG_gooner

Wtf. If arsene want him out and benched both him and per cause they confront alexis, then this is really madness.

Terry Henry
Terry Henry

Probably for the best.
Hope he gets his head down and plays well when called upon

Jamie
Jamie

Still completely perplexed by the Mustafi situation. Really no idea if he wants to leave, the club wants rid or both. Whichever it is, what’s the reason?

Hereford gooner
Hereford gooner

I honestly believe that kronke is short on cash and has struck an agreement with Wenger that if he makes him a load of money in next 2 years and Wenger takes all the shit for it, then Kronke will pay him some huge cash bonus when he leaves in 2 years

Arky
Arky

Why the hell were we looking to sell him anyway? First part of last season everyone loved the guy. I don’t see why the boss who persevered with never-was players like Denilson has given up so fast on Mustafi.

renaissancerosicky
renaissancerosicky

Our transfer incompetence saves the day again! Joy!

Henry
Henry

This is similar to the De Gea’s saga to Madrid few years ago, and De Gea able to kept his professionalism. Hopefully Mustafi has the willingness to prove the boss is wrong and can come back stronger.

Off topic, are we the only one that have an interest in Draxler (if Sanchez leave)?

John C
John C

I think the issue that he knows the boss is wrong

Lula
Lula

Well if he did anything to annoy Arsene such as voice a dissenting opinion to insanity, then long may it continue. I’m not sure how great he is as a defender but all the same when the midfield protected them he was unbeaten in 23 games. That’s not nothing.

Godfrey Twatsloch
Godfrey Twatsloch

An act, albeit unintended, of common sense at last!

espen
espen

Damn our defense is done.

Herodotus
Herodotus

I will say it again, it was indeed ludicrous to think of selling him in the first place. He isn’t even a poor defender by all standards (he made mistakes yes! but it was his debut season). That apart, his performances from now on will never be as they ought to be. The talk about “professionals doing their job” is hardly consoling. He is first human before anything else and deserved to be treated with respect which he didn’t get from the club. I just don’t just understand my club again. 3 weeks ago; after our win over Chelsea, I thought we were up to something. I deceived myself apparently.

Nightmare
Nightmare

If it saves us from signing Evans I’m not going to complain

Geefive
Geefive

Hear, hear!

Cultured determination
Cultured determination

Good thing he didnt go otherwise we’ll be seeing him leave with no replacement. Im very sure the $ we generate from sales will not be reinvested. Kronke is just shitting us.

Nightmare
Nightmare

Why save all this agro till late August? Anything to do with season tickets and merchandising?

Runzac
Runzac

He´s a professional who will continue to play well for Arsenal.

Mark
Mark

I don’t think he is that bad of a player at all, but worry that we are keeping a player that either wanted to leave or Wenger didn’t want here (or both).

Jdog
Jdog

I do wonder if shithead Kroenke has told AW he has to make up the deficit for not finishing in the CL through transfers. This would be one possibility which would explain why we made a 30 million profit in this window and are unlikely to invest anymore, especially if Sanchez stays. This may be why AW feels like he has to do something drastic with the formation/player positions in whatever is left of the squad to squeeze an extra 10% out of performances. Unfortunately it is backfiring spectacularly and I have no idea why AW would have undertaken such a task when he had the option to walk away and pick up a big salary somewhere else. All the lies will come back to him as the man on the front line, he will be the one who feels all of the bile from the supporters. I just can’t see why anyone would put themselves through that. I guess in a few years when he opens up to the public what actually happened, we will find out Kroenke is the profit focused shithead we thought he was, and AW knew the club was in no position to replace the manager properly. I think he feels very much responsible for the transition and genuinely wants whats best for the club. This may sound like I am making excuses, but for all his flaws he is an intelligent man and one of the few shining beacons of good in the corrupt, nasty world of football. For his values, I will give him the benefit of the doubt. Just a thought, but slightly more palatable then “everybody has gone mental”.

Brown American Gooner
Brown American Gooner

He is the second best CB at the club. Glad he is not moving away.