Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta has said that the future of the Albanian defender, Shkodran Mustafi, is at Arsenal, as he does not intend to remove him in the January transfer window, despite the lack of playing time.
Mustafi has taken just 43 minutes in the Premier League this season in three appearances, although he has completed three full Europa League games, while in the summer he is expected to remain a free agent.
However, despite the uncertain situation of the 28-year-old’s contract, Arteta insists the defender is still in his plans, with William Saliba being sent on loan and Sokratis Papastathopoulos expected to move this month.
“His future is here now. I will try to help him. Papastathopoulos will probably leave the club this transfer window and we have William who has already been loaned out. So, we do not have so many elections now “, Arteta initially said.
“Gabriel [Magalhaes] “David Luiz has been out for a while, he’m injured, so the situation is completely different.”
Arteta has also said details why Mustafi has appeared so little in the 2020-21 season.
“Mustafa came back from a really serious injury when he was injured at the end of last season. After that period he was doing really well. “I think his performances were growing and getting better.”
“And when he came back, then we had seven or eight central defenders. “So he had to raise his level of performance.”
“I think physically he still needed some time. “Then he started playing a few games in Europe, which I think he did well as well.” / Telegraphy /