In Focus: Mustafi still has a lot to offer Arsenal

As reported by ESPN, Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi is set for a shock summer exit to Inter Milan just a year after he joined the Gunners.

What’s the story?

With Arsenal starting the English Premier League season in rather shambolic shape, you’d expect Arsene Wenger to be looking to strengthen his squad in the final week of the window, but it seems the opposite may be about to happen.

ESPN reckon the Gunners boss has sanctioned Mustafi’s exit to Inter Milan as the club look to recoup the £35m they spent on him just last year.

According to the report, Wenger believes he has enough cover at the back with Rob Holding and Per Mertesacker, despite already selling Gabriel Paulista this month.

More to offer

After spells at Sampdoria and Valencia, Mustafi arrived at Arsenal as a much-hyped defender last summer and has been a trusted member of Wenger’s side, making 38 appearances in total in all competitions. His Arsenal career started superbly, winning the first 18 matches he was selected for, breaking a club record set by Bacary Sagna.

However, as the Gunners’ season hit the buffers his form dipped and a particularly poor performance against Bayern Munich shook confidence in his ability to be an elite defender at the club.

Even taking that into account though, you’d expect that he has plenty more to offer Arsenal should he stay at the club, still capable of being a fine English Premier League central defender on his day.

Still just 25 years of age, he also has scope for improvement and unless Wenger is planning a major defensive signing in the last week of the window, it appears to make little sense to sanction his departure and weaken the Arsenal defence further.