Arsenal Transfer News: Latest Rumours on Jack Wilshere Exit and Shkodran Mustafi

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistDecember 3, 2017

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Jack Wilshere of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Huddersfield Town at Emirates Stadium on November 28, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)
Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

Fenerbahce are reportedly ready to move for Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere in the January transfer window.

According to Fanatik (h/t Nihat Emre Kocaaslan of Sport Witness), the Turkish side are keen on the midfielder after a recent injury to Mehmet Ekiri.

"Fenerbahce officials will reportedly meet with Aykut Kocaman about signing the Arsenal man, and if the manager gives the green light then it's likely they will make an approach for Wilshere," Kocaaslan wrote. "Then it's stated the club will sit around a table with Wilshere and try and convince him he'll get more playing time if he leaves Arsenal for Fenerbahce."

The England international has struggled to force his way into contention for the Gunners this season, featuring mainly in UEFA Europa League and Carabao Cup matches.

He's played a total of just 65 minutes in the Premier League over four substitute appearances. It would be understandable if he did consider a move in the January window as a result, although Bleacher Report's James McNicholas believes more patience is required:

Due to his recurrent injury issues, Wilshere looks unlikely to live up to the immense potential he showcased early in his career.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Jack Wilshere of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Huddersfield Town at Emirates Stadium on November 28, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)
Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

The midfielder has shown in his appearances this season that he still has what's required to light a game up. His touch, close control and passing range remain excellent, even if doubts persist when it comes to his durability.

A move to Turkey would represent a change of culture for Wilshere on and off the pitch. Fenerbahce are a massive club with a huge fanbase, and the temptation to start afresh would be there for the midfielder. But you sense he will feel there's still something to give for the Gunners.

              

Juventus Looking at Shkodran Mustafi

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02: Shkodran Mustafi of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on December 2, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by James Baylis - AMA/Getty Images)
James Baylis - AMA/Getty Images

According to Rai Sport via Ilbianconero (h/t Calciomercato.com), Juventus are ready to renew their interest in Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi.

In the report, it's noted the Italian champions have doubts over summer signing Benedikt Howedes, who has only played one game for his new club having suffered with some injury issues. Because of these problems, Mustafi is said to be a player the Bianconeri are considering making a move for in the January market.

Overall, since arriving at Arsenal in 2016, Mustafi has been a success for Arsene Wenger's side, turning in some commanding performances at the base of the team. However, finding consistency has been a challenge for the Germany international.

As noted by Bleacher Report's Tom Kinslow, when the German does build up some momentum, he will often undo it with a poor display:

Mustafi was linked with a summer exit ahead of the campaign, with Inter Milan keen to secure his signature, per John Cross of the Daily Mirror.

The centre-back has been key to some of Arsenal's better displays recently and has shown he can marshal a three-man defence effectively. While there are moments when Mustafi can lose concentration, in the main he's proved to be an asset for Wenger.

It's why any January sale would be a big surprise at this juncture. Mustafi may not be an elite defender, although finding someone to step in and replace him in midseason would be tough for the Gunners' recruitment team.

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