Unai Emery has made it clear to Shkodran Mustafi and Mohamed Elneny that their playing time will be seriously limited at Arsenal this season, and that the best thing for their careers would be to leave North London for a new club.
Neither player has featured so far this season, and the manager’s message comes not long after another interview in which he suggested the German would be advised to depart North London after three years.
Having signed in 2016 for £35m from Valencia, Mustafi’s stock has fallen considerably, while Elneny barely played at all in the Premier League last season.
The signing of David Luiz and the return of Rob Holding has pushed Mustafi down the pecking order, while the Arsenal midfield is an already competitive place even without Elneny.
Speaking ahead of the trip to Liverpool on Saturday, Emery said, “They are very big players but for one circumstance or another they are going to have fewer chances to show their capacity or to be happy with us and the minutes they play in matches.
“But they know the situation and really I am wishing the best for them. I think now the best for them is to be protagonists in another team and to get another challenge for themselves.
“Last year with Mustafi and Mo, when they didn’t play they weren’t happy and I spoke with them a lot of times last year and this pre-season.
“I think it is positive for them to leave and sign for another team where they can be protagonists and be happy and continue their careers.”
The transfer window across Europe remains open until September 2nd, and Arsenal will be looking to move both players on permanently, seeking transfer fees which will help offset this summer’s spending which included £72m on Nicolas Pepe alone.