Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi was heavily criticised by fans last season, particularly towards the end of the campaign when he made some notable errors.
The centre-back, who has earned 20 international caps for Germany, was caught out numerous times, which proved costly, and rumours began rumbling regarding his long-term future at the Emirates.
When Unai Emery took over as manager from long-standing coach Arsene Wenger, he did not make it clear whether Mustafi will be part of his plans, but the Spaniard has moved quickly to recruit members to strengthen the defence.
Right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner has joined on a free transfer from Juventus, while goalkeeper Bernd Leno recently signed from Bayer Leverkusen.
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On Monday, the Gunners announced via their official website that Greek international Sokratis Papastathopoulos, who can play central defence or on the right, has joined from Borussia Dortmund on a long-term deal.
One day later, the North London outfit made another announcement, this time confirming that Calum Chambers has penned a contract extension.
Given that Rob Holding also recently signed fresh terms at Arsenal, fans have raised questions over Mustafi’s position at the club.
— Gooner Eagle Eye (@ColossalChig) July 3, 2018
Chambers and Holding have recently signed new long term deals, Sokratis has signed, and rumours about signing a new CB wont go away. Its not looking good for Mustafi is it?#AFC
— Adam P (@ThreeFiveWho) July 3, 2018
Now sell that clown Mustafi
— M (@ilCapoSoprano) July 3, 2018
I’m all for Calum Chambers signing a new contract if it means Mustafi is sold. #afc
— Kamalluddeen Sajö (@Kamals97) July 3, 2018
Are we just presuming no Mustafi now? 🙂
— Andi Foster (@andifoster) July 3, 2018
Good. Mustafi sold ?? https://t.co/8pXaNooIhZ
— Jonny Upton (@jonnybwana) July 3, 2018
Plenty of defensive options for Arsenal ahead of the new campaign. Shall be interesting to see what happens with the likes of Mustafi and Holding, whether the latter goes out on loan or not. SM’s future at the club should still be in doubt IMO.
— Matt Dawson (@mattddawson) July 3, 2018