BBC journalist confirms Arsenal’s possible striker signing

Arsenal's potential deal for Valencia's central defender Shkodran Mustafi is being held up because Arsenal are reportedly interested in holding back funds for a striker signing, according to BBC journalist David Ornstein

Shkodran Mustafi


Arsenal’s potential deal for Valencia’s central defender Shkodran Mustafi is being held up because Arsenal are reportedly interested in holding back funds for a striker signing.

Well, at least that’s the word the world has recently received from BBC journalist David Ornstein.

This is according to a story by BBC Journalist Ornstein’s claim on the matter; that while Mustafi is keen on a move to Arsenal, the North London club are ‘reluctant’ to pay such a large sum of money for a defender, money that the club intends to spend on a striker.

Ornstein tweeted the following on the morning of  the 15th August;


According to the same report, Ornstein has also made the claim that Wenger could move for Bayern Leverkusen’s Omar Toprak or Fenerbahce defender and Danish international Simon Kjaer, as cheaper alternatives to Mustafi.

Here is Ornstein’s tweet on the matter:

If Ornstein’s argument is to be believed, it can be said that Arsenal are being careful about how they spend their money, something they have been very diligent with, and to to the irritation of the fans, consistent with, for it has not helped their cause in landing top transfer targets.

The market has been further inflated for players in positions that would not, or could not cost that much earlier. John Stones has joined Manchester City for a staggering £47m, which has evidently made life difficult for Arsenal and Arsene Wenger, and at a more structural level for the club as a whole.

Toprak and Kjaer are both rock solid centre backs who would come a lot cheaper than Mustafi.

Whatever Arsenal do, it is clear that a central defender must be brought

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  1. Arsene wenger must brought in Shkodran mustafi in Emirates not other centre backs the germany international its an exeprienced CB international & club level its enough

  2. Arsenal have needed a Center Back all summer. The injuries are really irrlevant. Mertesacker is old and not very good anymore. Gabriel is not very good. If Wenger were not an old fool he could have bought Mustafi at the opening of the window for significantly less than he can now. His strategy for buying players is backwards. You need to buy at the beginning of the transfer window so you can leverage the fact that you don’t need the player and are negotiating with 3 other players to fill the same position.

  3. Fans and supporters are sick and tired of Wenger.
    The need for defenders is greater than strikers.
    The sooner Arsenal start winning or else he will be under greater pressure.
    Ultimately he could be sacked for his incompetence.