According to Citta Celeste, Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi is back on Lazio’s radar amid a potential move in this January transfer window.
The Germany international has been a peripheral figure under Mikel Arteta in the Premier League this season, making just nine appearances in total, and not making a single start in the top-flight.
And, just after the north London side confirmed Sokratis’ exit from the club, Mustafi could well follow him out the door too. Italian publication Citta Celeste claim that the defender is back on Serie A giants Lazio’s radar, and that their director of football, Igli Tare, has resumed contacts with Arsenal over signing him.
It’s fair to say things haven’t quite worked out the way Mustafi or Arsenal would have wanted ever since his arrival from Valencia, with high-profile mistakes often outshining any moments of decent defending from the German – his blunder against Crystal Palace at the Emirates a couple of seasons ago still lives fresh in the memory of any Gunners fan.
And after making another error against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last season, Arsenal legend Martin Keown tore into the centre-back, saying: “I sense there’s a fear in this player, you can smell it. When he gets the ball, when he defends, and he thinks he’s going to make a mistake – and then he makes it.
“You’ve got to put everything out of your mind. David Luiz panics and he’s not great there but I sympathise with him, he’s been put in trouble. Honestly, Mustafi is an accident waiting to happen. He listens far too much to the criticism that is around him.”
The time has come for Arsenal to part ways with the £90k-a-week earning Mustafi, and given the fact they’ve had some success in offloading some of their high-earning players this month, January seems like the perfect time to add the German to that list and really hit the reset button under Arteta.