Wenger Basically Confirm Mustafi’s Exit

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Arsene Wenger has refused to rule out selling Shkodran Mustafi before next week’s transfer window deadline.

Mustafi is being linked with a move to the Serie A, with Juventus and Inter Milan both keen on his services.

Initially, Gooners found the reports linking the defender to the Serie A outrageous because Mustafi was a key player for us last season but it is becoming realistic, after Wenger refused to rule out selling the German.

When asked during his press conference about Mustafi’s future, Wenger refused to rule out selling the defender.

‘No I don’t expect [him to leave]. It’s difficult for me to speak about individual cases.’

‘The transfer market is now in the final seven days and it’s always difficult to predict what happens. You have got to make quick and sharp decisions.

‘You cannot come out in press conferences and say how you will respond to any solicitation.’

Bought for £35m from Valencia last summer, Mustafi quickly formed a strong partnership with Koscielny but injuries didn’t allow him enjoy a perfect season, restricting him to just 26 league appearances.

It’s being claimed that he has failed to bond with his teammates and as a result, Wenger would consider selling him if a replacement can be found and if the money spent on him last year can be gotten back.

Wenger’s comment does suggests that there is truth in the rumors and that makes me wonder why we haven’t been working towards signing a centre back before now. It’s just seven days left in the transfer window, there is no longer enough time to find a world class defender to replace the German. It would be a risky decision to rush into signing a replacement for such crucial position.

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