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Shkodran Mustafi’s agent has asked for a meeting with the Arsenal hierarchy so he can clear up his future at the club now that the January transfer window is open. That’s despite the German falling back into favour in recent weeks.
It looked like Mustafi’s time in north London was over earlier this summer, when Unai Emery told him he was no longer part of his plans.
He was true to his word but injury to Callum Chambers has forced Mikel Arteta to call upon the 2014 World Cup winner.
According to the Daily Mirror, Mustafi may still leave this month despite injury to Chambers.
He has asked his agents to see how determined the Arsenal hierarchy are to keep him at the club.
A meeting has been ordered, where the defender expects to receive some clarity over his future at the club.
Mustafi has had to settle for little game time this season, which has been even more frustrating by the club’s defensive problems.
He replaced Chambers against Chelsea after the Englishman sustained his injury, a match which the Blues went onto win 2-1.
It was a performance that saw Arsenal hero Ian Wright urge Arteta to cash-in on Mustafi and Luiz.
“Tammy was fantastic. People give him stick for it but his hold up play when holding off David Luiz and Mustafi was great. He had them on a piece of string. He would then drive into the box,” Wright explained during Match of the Day 2.
“Once they got him going his link-up play was great. In the first half, he was isolated but in the second period, he did everything he could to do the link-up play. He worked really hard and they worked hard.
“Mustafi should have gone in and stopped the play ahead of Tammy’s goal.
“Arsenal gave Tammy way too much space after I thought that Willian had gone too wide.
“You have got someone like Arteta coming in there is nothing you can do to coach defenders of that experience. Those (Luiz and Mustafi) are the types of players he has to look to move on.”
Monaco were a potential destination for Mustafi last summer, but a move failed to materialise.
He cost the club £35million when he joined in the summer of 2016, a fee Arsenal are unlikely to recoup.
Now Arteta will be forced to make a decision whether Mustafi is handed for opportunities in his side, a guarantee which may convince him to stay.
Arsenal do have William Saliba on their books, a signing they made last summer from Saint-Etienne.
The Frenchman is currently back on loan at the Ligue 1 outfit and there is no recall clause.
Express Sport understands that RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano is one player on the club’s radar.