Shkodran Mustafi Makes Decision On Arsenal Future Amid Exit Talk

Shkodran Mustafi reportedly wants to stay and fight for his place at Arsenal, despite the club’s attempts to sell the defender.

The German centre-back, who joined the Gunners in 2016, has had a difficult time at the Emirates Stadium since his £35million move from Valencia.

He endured yet another disappointing campaign in north London last season as Arsenal conceded 51 goals in the Premier League on their way to a fifth-placed finish.

The 27-year-old was booed by fans during Sunday’s defeat to Lyon in the Emirates Cup and it has been claimed that Unai Emery has lost faith in the defender.

With the club looking to offload Mustafi, it was recently reported that French club Monaco have enquired about the availability of the German.

And although Arsenal are believed to be in talks with several clubs, BBC Sports David Ornstein  reports that the player does not want to leave.

According to Ornstein, the former Valencia man, who is under contract with the club until 2021, wants to remain at the Emirates and prove himself.

Despite the player’s wishes, it is claimed that the Gunners want Mustafi off their books and are open to either a permanent or loan move.

Emery has already signed one defender in William Saliba, but it is understood that the Spaniard is keen to improve his defence even further before the end of the transfer window, with Laurent Koscielny also expected to leave.

With Saliba set to the spend the season on loan at Saint-Etienne, it is said that the club are looking to add another central defender and still have hope of completing a deal for Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney.

Meanwhile, the Gunners are set to confirm the signing of Ivory Coast forward Nicolas Pepe this week after agreeing a club-record £72m deal with Lille.

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