Shkodran Mustafi and Arsenal Need to 'Work on a Transfer,' Says Agent

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist IIAugust 23, 2019

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Shkodran Mustafi of Arsenal looks on during the Emirates Cup match between Arsenal and Olympique Lyonnais at the Emirates Stadium on July 28, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Shkodran Mustafi's agent and father, Kujtim Mustafi, has said the defender and Arsenal need to work on a transfer away from the north London club.

Kujtim Mustafi told Sky in Germany (h/t Joe Tanner at Sky Sports) that the best option is for the defender to part ways with the Gunners after three years.

"Shkodran had a great time with Arsenal. We still have a contract for two years and can imagine to stay in London," he said. "However, the best for both sides is probably to work on a transfer. But for that it also needs market-driven transfer-fees."

Mustafi joined the club from Valencia in August 2016 but has struggled at Arsenal. He made 31 Premier League starts last season but came in for criticism for his error-prone displays.

Manager Unai Emery was forced to defend him for a costly mistake in a 3-2 Premier League defeat to Crystal Palace:

Omnisport @OmnisportNews

It wasn't Shkodran Mustafi's day against Crystal Palace, but Unai Emery has come to the defence of the Arsenal defender... #AFC https://t.co/AAoWc3ewWi

The 27-year-old also found it tough going in the UEFA Europa League against former club Valencia. The Guardian's Paul Doyle wrote after the match that he is judged by many to be "among the worst recruits in the club's history."

The centre-back was booed by supporters during pre-season, as James Benge at Football.London noted:

James Benge @jamesbenge

Boos around the ground as Mustafi's name is read out. 🤔

Arsenal brought in centre-back David Luiz from Chelsea over the summer, meaning Mustafi has fallen further down the pecking order:

B/R Football @brfootball

BREAKING: David Luiz joins Arsenal from Chelsea 🔴 https://t.co/qxR9Z32qCo

Emery has now decided that he is surplus to requirements at the Emirates Stadium, per Sam Dean at the Daily Telegraph:

Sam Dean @SamJDean

Unai Emery is making it very clear, both privately and publicly, that Shkodran Mustafi & Mohamed Elneny have no future at #AFC. “They know the situation. I think it’s positive for them to leave and to sign for another team where they can be protagonists, they can be happy.”

Mustafi has not managed a single minute for Arsenal this season and will now hope he can seal a move away from Arsenal before the close of the summer transfer window around Europe on September 2.

Journalist Layth Yousif noted Roma are reportedly interested:

Layth @laythy29

Mustafi is said to be on Serie A side Roma's shopping list but the Italian giants want him on loan while Arsenal would prefer a £23m permanent sale. Thoughts? https://t.co/UztfX7owC8

Ligue 1 side Monaco have also been linked, according to L'Equipe (Get French Football News).

Mustafi is contracted to Arsenal until 2021, but it seems clear he has become surplus to requirements and needs a move away after a tough spell in north London.