Video: “Is Arsene Wenger really going to let Mustafi leave?”

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Earlier today Arsene Wenger was asked about Italian interest in Shkodran Mustafi, and he  didn’t exactly rule it out.

He said in the final week of the transfer window you have to make quick decisions about players, and there was certainly no definitive ‘He’s staying’, that you would expect when a manager is speaking about a player he wants to keep.

Could he really go, just a year after signing for £35m. James takes a look at the situation.

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my name is bob

Please no

team news

Wenger refuses to rule out Mustafi departure,
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Keep Mustafi and buy Van Dijk anyway we need quality defensive.
And buy a midfielder we still haven’t come close to replacing Santi. Seri
Two decades for Wenger’s thoughts now and a season with a new idea…25/26/27/28/29/30/31 August.
#A new idea with Wenger

Too Drunk To Be Offside
Too Drunk To Be Offside

Why not? The defense needs work and more stability. What better way to achieve that than by selling one of the better options in defense presently.

Gooner49

Del Boy Wenger says “Sell Sell Sell” Fans say “Buy Buy Buy”.

Akshay B

Maybe he hasn’t had a great start to his Arsenal career.

But to throw him out so early in his Arsenal career, so late in the transfer and without replacing with an equally good or better defenders seems bonkers.

I am now officially confused about what Arsene wants to do this season with this team.

Oh Crumbs

I don’t think Arsene does either.

rogerbij

Sounds bonkers unless… Wenger has Van Dijk or another big surprise up his sleeve…

kveb

Ronaldo’s coming

kveb

to play in goal

TweakinGooner

nah, we need that right footed LWB.

Spanish Gooner

I’m worried that since we can’t get rid of Gibbs, Wenger now sees him as a left back option meaning he can shift Kolasinac or Monreal to CB full time and if that is the case I’ll be furious

Arun

Suggest you may start warming up now.

Voldermort

That my Spanish friend is exactly whats going to happen if we sell him.

I\'m Professor Ignorance, on that subject
I\'m Professor Ignorance, on that subject

Gibbs would be practically a new signing considering how little first team selection he’s had. And there’d be no transfer fee! That means you can divide Lacazette’s by three instead of two!

Atom

The longer this goes on the more I question if Wenger really has a coherent vision for the squad or team. We seem to just be fighting fires at this point

Rich

Apart from doing the bleeding obvious… you wouldn’t rule anything out at Arsenal.
Absolutely anything this club does? or doesn’t do? wouldn’t surprise me.

If we do anything it’ll be reactive and impulsive and not very well thought out.

If we do nothing it’ll be through indecision because we’re not quite sure.

We haven’t got a clue on what we want? What we want and need?
Or an idea of the way we want to play and how to mould the pieces all together.

What a fu**ing big giant mess!

Per

Does that mean Wenger now has decided that Kolasinac is a center back? Ridiculous in my opinion, but wouldn’t surprise me coming from the boss.

Martin

Mustafi is not for sale. End of story

yen

… is not what he said.

Martin

Yes he did. Are you deaf ?

bendtnerschristmastree
bendtnerschristmastree

Can’t wait for that fucking window to close. No matter what happens from now up until the deadline, it’ll just be about football after that.

yen

Oh you wish. Give it a couple weeks and the media will start to find suitors for Alexis’ summer departure.

Stuck on repeat...

Agree with both points. Problem is it won’t really be just about football after the current window closes. It will be about the fact that we just can’t do anything about it.

All it really does too is ramp up the pressure for the next window…& things start to become even more worrysome there. AW will have 1 1/2 years left on his contract. If we’re stumbling along in the PL at that stage what do you do? Let him invest? Accept that we’re going to loose big names on a free? Hold off on any investment knowing that a new manager will be imminent?

If we’re going to go for broke, now’s the time to do it…this window. AW just seems to be faffing around which is truely worrying.

Esperance

Anyone who saw Mustafi’s masterful performance for Germany against Chile would have to wonder if the problem isn’t with the system–or lack of one–rather than with the player.

Martin

There are no problems with Mustafi which is why he will not be sold

Martin

7 thumbs down for telling the truth. He’s not for sale and is a class defender.

youwishfulthinkeryou

It’s not up to you, though you seem to think it is.

Martin

Sorry I’m wrong. We have several problems with Mustafi and he will definitely be sold

Stuck on repeat...

Esperance – couldn’t agree more.

Diarra

He played well for the first half of last season but has been far from convincing since his return from injury. Atm would start both Holding and Chambers before him.

devastated

After this mornings showing would you still say holding is a better option?

Brazilian gooner

Tittle should be “is Wenger really nuts?”

PnK.gooner

It is simple. AW will look for a quality replacement. If he gets one a deal will be done. If not he stays. This happens a lot I read that Mustafi isn’t fit to wear the shirt now he shouldn’t be sold. No wonder all I get from other team’so supporterstwhile is how Gooners are now seen as worst than Man u fans rather than supporters of their 2nd favourite team to watch.

nacho man

sell.
not good enough.
certainly not 35mil worth, ludicrous.
recoup money paid,reinvest that+ gabriel money+25mil for a proper center half and leader-i.e. van dyke
get 25mil and a bag of bibs, or whatever u can for gibbs wilshire perez, dubuchy (ffs)
buy a proper defensive mid ffs- gorotze for me…
take mahrez off leicsters hands
that should be an outlay of around 90 ballpark,so not even two danny wank rose’…cum on for fuck sake arsenal we love you come on wake up
sell walcott ox and welbeck too if money is appropriatly reinvested
come on arsene please i love we deep down!

midgunner

que?

420Goonerblayzeit

All the clickbait shit peddlers are saying that Van Dijk has met with Arsenal officials, so maybe his plan is to sell Mustafi and sign Van Dijk. Wouldn’t be terrible to be honest. I’d much rather have them BOTH, but would be nice to have a true beast in the middle. Koscielny has been so reliable, but you have to wonder if this is the season he’ll start having issues playing 60 odd games.

Don

If he’s going to dispense with the back three then that’s another player that needs to be signed in a right back.

Brandon Burton

Even if we went back to 2 at the back
Even if Wenger is convinced Holding can partner Kos
Even if he believes we can permanently convert one of our LBs to a CB
Even if we kept Gibbs and Chambers

We are still lacking in defensive numbers and most importantly quality

At the start of the window we were talking about attacking acquisitions and that a number 8 would be a bonus.
We have taken 1 step forward (Lacazette) and at least 2 steps back while our rivals (especially the Manchester clubs) have done what was required and strengthened the areas that let them down last season.

By not signing Lemar, we have increased our reliance on Sanchez and Ozil. Surely the better move would have been to replace them both? Or at least increase competition in their positions?

Worse still, in areas that we need to strengthen, the usual rhetoric about difficult markets and internal solutions and player potential is already being spouted. Wilshire is decent on his day. As is the Ox. So is Iwobi and Holding. We finished 5th last year….

There is no way we finish in the top 4 with the squad we have now. Nor we can we be appeased by the less than world class, token £30m purchase we will almost certainly make in the next week.

All this talk of PSG cast offs, £70m CBs etc is all well and good but what part of our business over the last few windows has led any of us to believe that our board will ACTUALLY go out and spend what needs to be spent on the proven quality we require?

The squad needed change and a new direction. So far, we’ve got another summer of low ambition, penny pinching and uncompetitiveness….

A different George

When I watched the press conference, I did NOT get the impression that Wenger was implying he might sell Mustafi. I thought the context was: I don’t have a clue what you’re talking about, but I can’t answer a question about the status of each player in the transfer market, and I can’t tell you what will happen in every possible scenario.

I think James’ comparison to Lucas Perez, Gabriel, and Elneny as players Wenger does not fully trust is mistaken: Wenger has chosen Mustafi to start in every important game he has been fit (at least, I cannot remember any exceptions).

Maybe I am being optimistic, but I think this story has been blown way out of proportion. Also, if Wenger is actually trying to get Draxler, I think we would know nothing about it at this stage.

Martin

Thank you. Exactly what I have been saying. Some fans always want to believe the worst

Trez

I think he wants a new CB and has to sell one to get one. Either that or Mustafi wants assurances of first team football as its the world cup year.

santori

Cos he is. He prefers left backs at Cback.

Completely daft to be worrying about Cback when we had so many options.

He already got rid of Gabriel and now he is taking out another reasonably decent Cback. Remember, Mustafi has hit the ground running and when put in context to the red cards, penalties conceded and own goals suffered by Koscielny first season, he’s done very well the German.

And what of Chambers? are we selling him too? And HOlding, has he lost faith so quickly in the lad?

Besides we have more pressing issue in midfield.

Not sure where this is going.

Sadish

With metasacker and kocienly aeging and selling Gabriel,mustafi and potentially chambers the only reliable option avaliable is holding

Sweetsciencen5

I would sell Mustafi. He is simply not that good. I rate Koscielny, Holding, Chambers, and Mertesacker as better than him. Plus we have Bielik coming through.

Guns&Gooners

Honestly I don’t see Wenger sell him. I also don’t see anybody else arrive or leave. Maybe I’m pessimistic, I also think we get is gonna have a more difficult season this season than the last one if nothing happens.

Alex

“Is Arsene Wenger really going to let this window close with this squad in this state?”

TweakinGooner

How about we try playing a back 3 with a left footed lwb and center backs at cb. Maybe it’ll work then? Just a thought.

I AM ARSENAL

Don’t mind IF we replace with Van dijk…Mustafi is overrated (he is decent not the saviour he is made out to be) because of that unbeaten run…He had just as many mares as Gabriel…and he palyed in all our worse losses last season.

Oh Crumbs

Dream on!

Jonathan

Is Wenger looking to buy left backs and convert them to Centre Half? He’s already done it with Monreal and Kolasinac. I really don’t know what Wenger is trying to do to our centre back problems? In pre-season, he was playing midfielders as centre back – Elneny and Maitland-Niles.

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