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The tale of Shkodran Mustafi’s Arsenal career isn’t a brilliant one.
He’s a player who has caused debate among Arsenal fans on a regular basis and that was the case once again during pre-season.
The German hadn’t even set foot on the field in a competitive game in 2019/20 before already taking sly digs from supporters.
But this isn’t new for Mustafi who has been booed by fans over the last few months.
Yet, despite Laurent Koscielny’s departure, the future isn’t looking too much brighter for the 27-year-old. This could have been a chance for the centre-back to prove himself, but instead, Unai Emery isn’t giving him the platform to do so.
And rightly so. The central defender is too error-prone and a horrific mistake to allow Wilfried Zaha in to score against Crystal Palace last term sums that up.
Only last week, the Arsenal manager hinted that Mustafi could be on his way out.
In his pre-match press conference ahead of their trip to Newcastle he said: “I spoke with him when we finished last season, I spoke with him when we started pre-season and I spoke with him also two weeks ago saying maybe there was the possibility he can leave.”
Judging by fans’ latest comments it will come as a huge relief to see him walk out of the Emirates and after being excluded from the matchday squad on the opening weekend, he’s just been handed another huge message.
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After all, Calum Chambers, a player who was seemingly all but done in terms of his Arsenal career a year ago is now ahead of him in the pecking order.
The new addition of David Luiz is also another bitter blow.
However, this could well be the final nail in the coffin for Mustafi. Being left out of the squad entirely on Sunday is a sign that he simply isn’t good enough and tells you a lot about what Emery thinks about him.
With the European transfer window yet to close, there is still a possibility that he could leave permanently.