Good day, Arsenal fans!
After a disappointing opener at home against Liverpool, it is understandable that everyone is distressed, upset, with the club and with Wenger, and above all, frustrated yet again, with a lack of signings.
But behold! Some good news for us, all.
Kaveh Solhekol, a news reporter with Skysports, has had something interesting to say on his twitter account in the early hours of today:
Arsenal deal to sign £28m Mustafi getting closer. Will be great signing. Germans say he's one of their best defenders after Hummels, Boateng
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) August 15, 2016
German international Shkodran Mustafi, who currently plays for Valencia, has been linked with Arsenal for some time now, and his possible arrival at the Emirates has gathered the attention of several news networks, pundits and Arsenal fans ever since Arsenal defender Gabriel injured himself in the dying hours of a game against Manchester City.
Mustafi, who has featured 12 times for Germany, has played in England before, enjoying a brief stint at Everton. He did not make any first-team appearances for the side during his time there, eventually transferring to Sampdoria and then Valencia.
Mustafi is a tough tackler, filling in for Mats Hummels in one of Germany’s first games in the Euros.
A tough tackler, Mustafi has been often called a great overall central defender who is a quick first tackler, someone who could play well with a high-lying, mobile and ball playing partner such as Laurent Koscielny.
In the aftermath of Arsenal’s opening day defeat against Liverpool, where Wenger was forced to play the young and inexperienced duo Calum Chambers and Rob Holding in the heart of defense, ( of which the latter had till that point never played a premier league game in his life), the urgency of a new central defender who can partner Laurent Koscielny has increased.
The Gunners are in need of someone who can help shield Petr Cech against quick, counter-attacking teams in the premier league in the months to come. Per Mertesacker is injured till January, while Gabriel Paulista is at least 6 to 8 weeks away from complete recovery.
There are reports that have claimed that Mustafi in fact wants a move to the Emirates. Just as of today, The Express has reported that Mustafi is ‘reportedly keen’ on joining Arsenal.
Well, several reports indicate that Wenger could intervene to makes sure this one goes through. Arsenal are in serious trouble with central defenders, there is no doubt about that.
Do you think Mustafi could be an Arsenal player soon?