Cape Town - Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi has hinted at a return to
the Bundesliga as he suggested his next move could be the most important of his
Mustafi, who joined from Valencia in August 2016, has
started both of the Gunners’ Europa League ties, as well as the 5-0 Carabao Cup
win over Nottingham Forest.
However, the German centre-back has yet to feature in the
Premier League this season, having been expected to leave during the summer
The 27-year-old, though, remains determined to look ahead.
"There were talks about leaving the club in the summer, but
there was no option that suited everyone. Arsenal had some demands too," Mustafi told Der Spiegel.
"The next move is extremely important for me to be able to
write a positive chapter again.
"If I move to the wrong place now, then the
situation may not improve at all. In the future, I am open to offers, from the
Bundesliga as well."
Mustafi also said he had been left “very angry” by comments
from former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit, who had called him ‘the king of
The former Sampdoria stopper feels he can accept it when
fans are critical of him but said a former professional should know the
difficulties players face on the pitch and be “a bit more sensible”.
Given that he was not involved in the squad for Arsenal’s
last fixture before the international break when Unai Emery’s side beat
Bournemouth 1-0 on Sunday; it looks like his days in north London are numbered.
Mustafi will no doubt be hoping that a move will materialise
during the January transfer window to allow him to continue his career
In the meantime, the third-placed Gunners will look to keep
the pressure on Manchester City and Premier League leaders Liverpool by picking
up three points when they travel to face Sheffield United at Bramall Lane in
their next game on October 21.
- TeamTalk Media