Mustafi wants to stay, but Arsenal still need a new defender

Shkodran Mustafi has told Kicker that he has no intention of leaving Arsenal this summer.

What’s the word?

The Germany international has received plenty of criticism from fans over the past few weeks for his performances at the back.

Against Southampton and Newcastle United, the centre-back, who joined the Gunners from Valencia in 2016, was caught out at his back post.

The costly mistakes have led to suggestions that Mustafi could be shown the exit door, but the man himself is not prepared to give up.

While speaking to Kicker, the defender insisted that he intends to prove his critics wrong.

“My season has been a bit like Arsenal’s – peaks and troughs. Recently I’ve been performing [well]. I’m thankful to play for a club like this. I want to play where I’m happy and I am happy here. Especially as I almost always start when I’m fit.”

Could it be the end of the road anyway?

This summer will be a very interesting one for Arsenal due to the impending departure of manager Arsene Wenger.

The Frenchman has largely been in charge of the incomings and outgoings with regards to the playing squad over his two-decade tenure, but now a new man will be in charge.

There is no denying that the Gunners still need a new defender before the start of the 2018-19 season, but that could be difficult due to a report in The Telegraph, which states that the North London outfit will have a limited £50m budget on transfers.

With that in mind, perhaps the kitty will be boosted by the sales of some players, which depending on how the season pans out, could include Mustafi.