Arsenal fans have had to endure taunting resulting not only from our trophy drought, but also transfer market drought and the injury rain that has become synonymous with the name of the club.
Arsenal have now been drawn into a transfer tussle with Chelsea for the signature of Germany born tough tackler Shkodran Mustafi. Arsenal ar obviously not the only club looking for defensive reinforcements.
The 24-year-old defender could be sold if a suitable offer comes in. Valencia are struggling to meet the FFP requirements and although they want to sell other players in order balance their books, there are simply no takers.
Arsenal will start the season without any established centre back. Mertesacker and Gabriel are currently sidelined with injuries while Koscielny is struggling for fitness as he returned this week from his holidays.
Since Chelsea have entered the race for the defender, Arsenal will have to be bullish for them to sign. Chelsea can splash as much cash as Valencia demands but I don’t think Wenger has similar spending spirit.
Yesterday there were reports that Chelsea are willing to meet Valencia’s asking price and would pay €30 million for the 24-year-old centre back but another reports emerged this morning that the club has withdrawn interest leaving Arsenal in pole position to sign the player.
On Tuesday, Super Deporte say that Valencia have moved to deny Mustafi has been missing training because of an impending Arsenal move. That feeling would be that the player either didn’t want to train, or the club didn’t want him to, in case he suffered a transfer ending injury.
However, the La Liga club are now looking for replacement for the Arsenal bound defender.