Official – Arsenal confirm defender transfer with Bundesliga outfit

It is confirmed, Shkodran Mustafi is no longer an Arsenal player and has officially left the club with a thank you.

Mustafi has signed on the dotted line with Bundesliga outfit Schalke and will join up with former Arsenal teammate Sead Kolasinac.

Both Edu and Mikel Arteta have wished the 28-year-old world cup winner as reported on the Arsenal website.

Edu said: “We thank Musti for his contribution at Arsenal which has spanned four-and-a-half years, more than 150 appearances and a prominent role in two FA Cup wins. Everyone associated with the club wishes Musti and his family the very best wishes for the next chapter in his career.”

Arteta said: “Musti has been a key player for us for a long period of time. He played a very important part in my first season as manager and I’d like to thank him for his professionalism and for always being ready when called upon. Everybody at Arsenal wishes Musti well at Schalke.”

It never quite worked out for Mustafi in his four and half years with the club and at certain points, he was much derided, however, he did turn it around under Arteta and at one point it was thought that he would even get a new contract.

It was not all negative, he did win two FA Cup winners medals despite not actually playing in the finals and no one can doubt his commitment, he always gave his all, even if it was not quite at the level we would have wanted.

Hopefully, it works out for him back in Germany and I personally wish him nothing but good fortune.

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7 Comments

  1. RSH says:

    thanks for the memories mustafi & Good luck!

  2. JW says:

    I must say, I hope only the best for Mustafi, Kolasinac, Ozil, Sokratis, AMN and Joe Willock. it would have been even better if Willian was in this list (for Willian’s own good – he really doesn’t look happy). But can we trust Arsenal not to go out and replace these players with another bunch of deadwood?

  3. Armoury says:

    Trimming down deadwoods. Very good decision

    1. John Ibrahim says:

      Serge Gnabry was also called a deadwood by fans

      1. Goonster says:

        So out of the 100’s if not 1000 of youngsters we have let go since the wenger decades to today, you can only name Gnabry as the exception.
        So far now we have 1/100 success rate at getting rid of deadwood and youngsters.
        Of course it is bound to happen. “The one that got away”. But if you are to be objective and looked at the sample size as a whole you have to say the club has a good track record when it comes to getting rid of youngsters. The vast vast majority don’t go on to improve or succeed once we let them go.
        Isn’t it?

      2. Khadii says:

        City can also say Jadon Sancho but they don’t keep kicking themselves.
        Gnabry has moved on, its time you moved on as well

  4. Mrcool says:

    The club is moving in the right direction in terms of getting rid of unwanted players.

    I hate calling them dead woods

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