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Arsenal defender has decided to leave against Arteta’s wish

Timothy Aiyeku

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It is the wish of manager Mikel Arteta to keep Shkodran Mustafi at the club for more years but the defender seems to have made up his mind to leave the club in the January winter transfer window.

Shkodran Mustafi cannot get the playing time he requires to get his game running with the new setup at the Emirates Stadium and the presence of Gabriel Magalhaes but that does not stop the Spanish boss from wishing for his stay as a cover.

Efforts to hand him a new contract in the summer failed as he informed the club of his decision to leave, football.london reports. This makes it important for the North London outfit to release him in the January winter window so as to cash in from his exit as his current contract expires next summer.

Shkodran Mustafi was a major part of the Mikel Arteta team last season after he earned 15 starts from Arsenal’s last 17 games before he was sidelined as a result of a knee injury. More to this is the fact that Gabriel Magalhaes arrived from the French Ligue 1 outfit and has nailed his space in the team.

Mikel Arteta in July when asked about the future of Shkodran Mustafi, stated that it is the decision of the club to make but he wants to work with the 28-year-old defender.

With Shkodran Mustafi hiring a new German-based agent, it is wise to state that the Bundesliga is a target for a move for him in the January transfer window and it will not be a surprise if talks are already ongoing with some of the clubs.

However, Shkodran Mustafi could still have a chance to play for the North London outfit before the January transfer window with Rob Holding suffering a hamstring injury, and David Luiz expected to be away after a muscular injury against Leicester City on Sunday night.

Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.