Arsenal manager Unai Emery has bluntly told both Shkodran Mustafi and Mohamed Elneny that they should leave the club before the European transfer window closes on September 2nd.
Both players have been linked with other clubs – Mustafi with Monaco and Roma, and Elneny with sides in the Turkish Super Lig. However, with nothing concrete having yet materialised for either player, Elneny has made it clear that, if they are still at the Emirates after the deadline, then they must reconcile themselves to bit-part roles at the club at best.
The Spaniard said ”They are very big players but for one circumstance or another they are going to have fewer chances to show their capacity or to be happy with us and the minutes they play in matches. But they know the situation and really I am wishing the best for them. I think now the best for them is to be protagonists in another team and to get another challenge for themselves.”
Elneny did not feature often during Emery’s first season with Arsenal, but Mustafi started 31 of the club’s Premier League games last season. However, the German became a lightening-rod for grievances for many of the club’s supporters, after a series of high profile blunders, and was booed during their pre-season tour of the United States.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.