No Place In Arsenal Plans Says Manager
Arsenal boss Unai Emery has urged midfielder Mohamed Elneny and defender Shkodran Mustafi to leave the club in order to further their careers.
Neither player looks set to have a place in Emery’s plans for the season and neither even made the bench for the Gunners’ opening Premier League games of the campaign.
But speaking at a press conference ahead of Saturday’s trip to Anfield to take on Liverpool, Emery admitted it’s time for the pair to move on from the club.
“We have some players and they know their situation. For example, Elneny and Mustafi, they know their situation in the squad,” said Emery.
“I want the players to be happy here, I want the players to be protagonists here, and last year, for example, with Mustafi and Mo, when they didn’t play, they weren’t happy.”
“I spoke with them a lot of times last year in this position and I think it is positive for them to leave and to sign for another team where they can be protagonists, they can be happy and can continue their careers as players.
“They are very big players but here for one circumstance or another circumstance they are going to have less chances to show their capacity or to be happy with us taking minutes of playing matches.
“They know the situation, I am wishing the best for them and I think now the best for them is to be protagonists in another team, to sign and to get another challenge for them and continue with another team.
“But with respect, they are training with us but they know their situation and I am wishing only the best for them.”
While the Premier League transfer window closed two weeks ago the deadline in most European countries is Monday 2 September. The exception is Italy where the window closes later today.