Edu can deliver yet another Arsenal masterclass by getting rid of Shkodran Mustafi in this January transfer window.
With Sokratis and Mesut Ozil both leaving the Premier League side earlier this month, attentions are now on Mustafi, with the Germany international’s contract at the Emirates also coming to an end in the summer.
And, speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of the game against Manchester United on Saturday afternoon, Mikel Arteta appear to confirm reports earlier in the week that the Gunners are looking to reach an agreement where they could terminate Mustafi’s contract.
He said: “He’s another situation at the moment that is opening and we are having conversations internally with the player and agent.
“We will see what the right solution is for this one as well. We are monitoring the situation, I cannot say much more than that. We have conversations ongoing and we’ll see what’s the best (decision) at the end of the transfer window.”
With all his high-profile errors over the course of his Arsenal career – nobody will be able to forget his mistakes against Crystal Palace and Manchester United at the Emirates in particular – it’s no surprise that the Gunners finally seem to have moved on from Mustafi.
The German has played a combined total of three minutes of Premier League football since late October, and the likes of Gabriel, Rob Holding, David Luiz, Pablo Mari and Calum Chambers are all ahead of him in the pecking order, so the chances of any first-team action anytime soon seems improbable to say the least.
Stan Kroenke and co will be livid that in a time like this where Arsenal like most clubs are struggling with the financial implications of this whole situation, the Gunners are continuing to spend around £90k-a-week paying Mustafi to do virtually nothing.
Reaching a mutual agreement now like Edu has already done with the likes of Sokratis and Ozil would see Arsenal take another giant step to completing a much-needed clear-out of their high-earners who don’t figure in Arteta’s plans.