Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Unai Emery ready to put Arsenal flop Shkodran Mustafi on the transfer list in the summer

Shkodran Mustafi was signed for £35million by Arsene Wenger in 2016 (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal will listen to offers for Shkodran Mustafi in the summer as Unai Emery attempts to raise extra funds to rejuvenate his squad.


The Germany international became the third most expensive defender of all-time when Arsene Wenger agreed to pay £35million to Valencia in the summer of 2016.


Mustafi has failed to come anywhere close to justifying that outlay and the Telegraphreports that Arsenal are ready to place the 26-year-old on the transfer list at the end of the season.


Emery has been unable to illicit a significant improvement in Mustafi’s performances, culminating in Sunday’s error-strewn display against Manchester City which prompted scathing criticism from Sky pundit Jamie Carragher.


‘Lichtsteiner is not good enough. Maybe you could argue because of his age,’ the former Liverpool defender said at full-time.


Sergio Aguero’s hat-trick condemned Arsenal to a 3-1 defeat at Manchester City last week (Picture: Getty)

‘But the fellow next to him, Mustafi, has never been good enough since the day he walked in the door and that’s the reason why all the goals come down there.


‘To see Arsenal defend like that, there’s a big job there for Unai Emery to do.’


Mustafi was the subject of two failed bids from Inter in the summer of 2017 but the deal fell through with Arsenal unable to find a suitable replacement.


Emery was restricted to signing players on loan during the January transfer window and is reportedly likely to be handed a modest £45m kitty to work with in the summer, although that could still be boosted by player sales.


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