You would have thought all that would have forced the 27-year-old out of the door but nope, not Mustafi, he decided to stay and fight for his Arsenal career and it appears that there may be hope for the defender yet.
Unai Emery has been speaking about the German and what his refusal to leave the Emirates means for his immediate future at Arsenal
He said: ”Mustafi decided to be here and when he decided to be here, he’s like any other player.
“Of course I respect his decision.
“When he decided I spoke to him and said, ‘You’re one more in the squad, I’m going to work with you as other players’.
“I don’t know exactly who was in his decision [to stay], but when he decided to stay here, it’s another player in the squad.”
Well then, there you have it, he is not being sidelined, he is not being forced to train with the kids, he is as much a member of the first-team squad as any other player, according to Emery.
That means there must be a good chance that we will see Mustafi in an Arsenal shirt once again, probably in the Carabao Cup or Europa League or even in the first team in an alternative position, right-back as an example.
Now that Mustafi is staying at the club he has to be supported, there is literally nothing to gain in booing him or demolishing his confidence any further, that makes for a poorer performance and devaluation of his worth.