Mikel Arteta deserves more credit after Schalke farce emerges

Arsenal are amidst a rebuilding process currently with a lot of changes happening from the top down, but the manager’s ability to offload some problem players may not have earned enough praise.

News has just emerged from Germany that two players that he moved on during the winter window have been central to ‘players revolt’ at Schalke 04, with on-loan Sead Kolasinac and former Gunner Shkodran Mustafi named as those at the forefront.

Reporter Derek Rae has claimed that Bild are naming the duo amongst those

The Bundesliga side currently sit rock-bottom of the table, with just one win from their 22 league matches this term, but if reports prove to be true that both Mustafi and Kola are instigators after only a short time at the club, it won’t reflect well on Arsenal.

Sead will be expected to return to North London at the end of the season, and should the manager retain his job, and their place in the German top tier, he may well have closed the door on a potential stay with Schalke.

Arsenal had some issues last year with stories being leaked from the training ground against the wishes of the club, and it could well be that Arteta moved the pair on due to their negative effect on the rest of the squad.

Could the pair have been a nuisance for Mikel?


Tags Schalke 04 Sead Kolasinac Shkodran Mustafi


  1. I’m a little confused as to what you are trying to justify here Patrick.
    What has MA to do with the report (being denied by the players) that players he has no control over are causing unrest?
    I assume you are trying to link the two players with the so called “mole” that our club believed were leaking personal information about Mesut Ozil’s contract and player unrest – but there is not one shred of evidence to support any of these innuendos.
    I would suggest that Gross, with just one win in twenty odd games, would be a man under pressure anyway.
    Why is it that we always seem to want to believe the worst with regards to our players?

    1. Kolasinac has not yet been moved on but will almost certainly leave on a free in June allowing him to retain most of his 100k p/w salary Arsenal gifted him.
      Mustafi cost 37 mill and 17 mill in salary so cost the club a total of 54 mill. Arteta the Club or both let Mustafi run down his contract and leave on a free so Mustafi could keep his 100k p/w salary.
      So the club actually suffered a massive financial loss on Mustafi. Ozil and Socritis cost the club 140 mill in transfer fees and salaries. Yet Arteta and or the club let the duo run down their contracts leave on a free again another financial debacle. And I am to believe this was smart business by Arteta? Like I am to believe 11th in the league is progress. I like Arteta as a high quality person and loyal to the bone and want him to succeed but with out the rose tinted glasses his record so far does not inspire confidence. Its EL or bust for MA.

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