Mustafi exit would be for the best – agent

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Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi has told the club he does not want to leave this summer, according to reports.

The father and agent of Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi says an exit from the club would be the “best” move for all parties.

The centre-back has been with Arsenal since making a £35million move from Valencia in 2016.

However, the German international has been a huge disappointment and has often been criticised for his performances during his time with the Gunners, as they have not progressed since his move.

He has yet to feature in Arsenal’s two Premier League games so far this season, against Newcastle and Burnley, with the Gunners starting the season in fine form with victories in both.

Boss Unai Emery has already indicated that Mustafi and midfielder Mohamed Elneny should leave the club before the end of the European transfer window on September 2.

And, his father Kujtim, who also acts as his agent, agrees with Emery, saying a departure would be for the best.

A statement read: “Shkodran had a great time with Arsenal. We still have a contract for two years and can imagine staying in London.

“However the best for both sides is probably to work on a transfer. But for that it also needs market-driven transfer-fees.”

Mustafi was signed from Valencia in August 2016 and was seen by Arsene Wenger as someone who could help strengthen their defence after they finished second to Leicester in 2016.

He had experience of winning the World Cup two years previously with Germany but never replicated the same form at Arsenal.

His lack of pace was exposed by many opponents and, despite making 30 Premier League appearances and scoring three goals last season, he has been deemed surplus to requirements by Emery, despite Arsenal also having lost Laurent Koscielny to Bordeaux this summer.

Emery has summer signing David Luiz and Sokratis Papastathopoulos at his disposal, while Rob Holding is close to returning to fitness and Calum Chambers is back in the fold after returning from his season long loan at Fulham.

However, there appears to be little interest in the 27-year-old Mustafi due to his high wages at the Emirates Stadium.

Roma have been linked with a loan deal but Arsenal would prefer to do a permanent switch.

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