Two Arsenal defenders tipped to leave the Emirates and make room for Ligue 1 star

Sky Sports reporter, Dharmesh Sheth claims that Arsenal will likely sell Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis Papastathopoulos as they close in on a transfer for Lille’s Gabriel.

The Gunners are set to land the Brazilian from the French side after having a bid for his signature accepted.

However, should he join them, the Gunners will have too many defenders to choose from and that will mean that some of them will have to be sold.

After going through the list of defenders on Arsenal’s books, Sheth claims that the likes of Rob Holding and Calum Chambers still have long-term deals at the Emirates and he reckons that Mikel Arteta will feel that both players still have something to contribute.

Mustafi and Sokratis, however, are entering the final year of their current deals at the Emirates and the club might feel that this is their best chance to cash in on both players.

Mikel Arteta has just signed Pablo Mari and William Saliba will also join the Gunners for the first time this season, so the Spaniard will be spoilt for choice of centre backs.

He also added that other teams have also had bids for Gabriel accepted, but Arsenal will hope to win the race for his signature.

Tags Gabriel Magalhaes


  1. Mustafi was our most consistant defender this season and would be more ideal to move Holding on as he wont break through with Gabriel and Saliba ahead of him. Holding has alot of fans on here but the truth is he won’t get enough game time to become a better defender if Gabriel comes in. Sokratis and Chambers should also be moved on, I rate chambers but he has had to many issues and needs a fresh start. That leaves us with Saliba Gabriel Mustafi Luiz and Mari which is more than enough.

  2. Konstantinos Mavropanos is still on the books.
    I’d like to see him get a chance to prove himself to Arteta.
    Chambers can also play DM role as he did for Fulham.
    Definately Mustafi and Sokratis to go.

    1. I’ll yes that. I think Dino has a future at Arsenal…. same as Holding but not sure in Chambers as we could probably get a good fee for him along with Papa & Mustafi.

      1. I second on Mavro, if the lad can
        stay healthy he has the opportunity
        to impress in the Bundesliga this

        I honestly rate him over both CC
        and Holding

        1. i thirdly agree with big Dino, every time i see him play he always looked good, especially in the UTD game.
          Just needs to go on a run over there with no injuries and im sure he can work on a place here

  3. In Saliba, Mavropanos and Gabrielle if he signs, Arsenal will have tall center backs for a change

  4. Who honestly on this site
    believes Socratis and Mustafi
    are SELLABLE?

    Last I checked the 32 yr old Greek
    was more than content to see
    out his more than generous
    contract and the much
    maligned German, although
    greatly improved after the restart
    is out injured until October.

    Arsenal may want to move both
    players out the door but I cant
    fathom there will be a laundrys
    list of eligible suitors lining up to
    meet them.

    Would LOVE to be wrong!! 😁😂

    1. Sky’s journalism has gone down the tank in the past 3-4 seasons. They used to be so reliable, now they are reguarly wrong. Dont know where it went wrong for them. I highly doubt we get either one of them out. Sokratis is another player that is going to just sit on his contract. Arsenal need to be more careful about the players they get and make sure they actually have a personality that has them caring about their careers.

  5. @RSH Agree. Mustafi is injured and have 1 year left. Any sensible club would just wait until next year. Mustafi would be sensible to wait as well and get a sign on bonus.

    As for Sokratis I heard him say he would not sit out his contract, but the most recent I heard was that he had no intention to leave. So murky waters there. Regardless I do not see us getting much for Sokratis anyway. Getting rid of his wages is good but we desperately need to sell someone for cash so we can get what we want.

    1. yeah. Our defenders just aren’t worth much and wont generate much cash. It’s really just about getting them off the books. The cash is going to come from selling Guendouzi and Lacazette. Personally fine selling both. If we want to improve and get the players that will make us better, we have to sell some of our assets. And hopefully someone does knock sense into Sokratis and gets him out. No future here.

      1. Elneny, Kolasinac & Mkhitaryan need to be sold.
        We could get £35m for them 3.
        Again it looks like Elneny & Mkhitaryan are going to see out their contracts and leave on a free.

        1. elneny i feel will go on loan again. Mkhi I thought something was happening with Roma and he was about to join permanently? (The club actually just got new owners and I hope that doesnt change the agreement).

          1. Last thing I read on Mkhitaryan he was staying at Roma on Loan.
            That was a few weeks ago, things might have changed since then.

  6. Yes RSH , these two signings along with a number of others are symptomatic of Management incompetence which has unfortunately been evident in our Club for some time.With real football men in Edu and Arteta now at the helm , hopefully our recruitment will improve significantly from now on.

    1. Agree, Grandad. Liverpool and City seem to only get professionals. Same with Chelsea. None of them sit on contracts and they even have that strict policy for 30+ players.

  7. Sale of Mustafi and Sokratis could bring in between £6m to £8m, Maybe even £10m but doubt it.
    Once Chambers is fit again he needs to get his head down and work hard and learn. He hasn’t really cemented his position since he’s been at the club. He was Fulham’s player of the season while on loan. He needs to step up and prove he can replicate that at a higher level. If not we could get around £3m for him.
    I have faith in Holding. He showed a lot of promise before his injury. It’s up to Arteta to instil self belief in his potential and coach him to be a top level defender.

  8. Yeah money may be a bit tight this (and we know whom we’ve got to blame for that )well l say this transfer window, but l would still hang on to Alexandre Lacazette for at as long as we can,he is still a fantastic player okay he hasn’t had one of his better season’s but when he was at Lyon he had the quality of Auba when it came to scoreing that was why Arsene tracked him for so long, so come on Mikel hold on to the man & rinse some more money out of the Kronke’s!!!!!!!!

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