Arsenal defender linked with January loan move to Turkish giants

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According to the Sun via Turkish outlet Fotomac, Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi is being linked with a possible loan move to Galatasaray during the January transfer window.

Fotomac claim that Mustafi’s representatives are set to fly to Istanbul in order to hold transfer talks with Galatasaray chiefs.

The 27-year-old has made just one Premier League start this season, most of the centre-back’s 10 appearances this term most have come in cup competitions.

Whilst Mustafi’s apparent fringe role in the side seems to warrant an exit, are the Gunners making a good decision considering their lack of defensive options?

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Mustafi in action for Arsenal this season.

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Mustafi has largely struggled with the north London outfit since his move three-and-a-half-years ago.

As per BBC Sport, the Gunners signed the central defender for a fee in excess of £35m, this deal is arguably one of Arsenal’s least successful in recent times.

Following Calum Chambers’ recent season-ending injury, the Gunners’ only other centre-backs are David Luiz, Sokratis, Rob Holding and of course Mustafi.

If Mikel Arteta has lined up a replacement for Mustafi then the ace’s potential exit won’t be too much of an issue – if not, the Gunners could be left short-staffed at the heart of defence for the entire second-half of the season.

Updated: January 13, 2020 — 1:38 pm

7 Comments

  1. There is no way he would be loaned out, unless Arsenal get a new CB

    His contract will also expire next summer. So he must be sold or offered a new contract ASAP, not loaned out

  2. Just get rid no loan we don’t want him back.

  3. If there is any truth in this,that would mean we are buying atleast 2 Center backs in this window.Mavropanos has already gone to Germany,Chambers out injured,that leaves us with how many in that position?

  4. We focused on loans to sell average players and buy top ones; do both in right timing as it should have been done for Ozil 2 years back!

    Torreira, Xhaka Kolas are in that position today, all wanted; or, will lose more value as time goes,harder to sell… So does Auba.

    But 3 first have market values of 45M,30M,20M today.

    Koulibaly’s is 75M and Napoli’s priority who happens to want Kolas as well!

    Selling those 3 players would get us Koulibaly.

    Sell Auba for 60M, bring Kurzawa (5M), Seri (15), Rabiot (30)!

    Leno
    Bellerin Koulibaly -Luiz – Kurzawa
    Seri – Rabiot
    Ozil
    Pepe. Laca. Martineli

    Who cares for Torreira, Kolas, Xhaka and Auba when we can look this way. We all know Kroenke; but Arteta has this opportunity, fully his choice.

    Even not selling Auba, he can still get Koulibaly, then put 20M Seri and Kurzawa is do-able in Kroenke’s world.

    Arteta is only one to blame if we can’t strengthen team, this would surely do so!

    Bellerin – Koulibaly – Luiz – Kurzawa
    Seri Rabiot
    Ozil
    Pepe Laca Martineli

    Bench : Nelson, Mav, Holding, Willock, Saka, Gendouzi, Niles.

    Do we miss Sokratis, Kolas, Torreira, Xhaka, Mustafi? Not at all, we will forget they were around, after 1 game. Auba won’t be missed or change season, this team would!

    No money to be spent for Kroenke, he can actually make some, & we sell bunch of dead woods!

    It is all in Arteta’s hands, not brain; unfortunately! Or this would be done week ago!
    Not

  5. Only a Loan deal for mustafi? Cant they take him permanently?

  6. He should be given free of charge. Is it a crime if we spend on defenders like Koulibaly, Umtiti and midfielders like Maddisson, Oyazabral

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