According to a recent report by Sky Sports, Juventus are unlikely to secure the services of Shkodran Mustafi from Arsenal before the European transfer deadline later tonight. The same source has revealed that the Serie A champions have identified Mustafi as an ideal replacement for Giorgio Chiellini, who sustained a severe knee injury that could rule him out until February.
Mustafi’s Lack Of Consistency At North London
The 27-year-old was a prominent presence in Unai Emery’s backline last season when he made 40 appearances for the North London outfit, scoring three goals across multiple competitions. However, he was guilty of making some high-profile errors during the 2018-19 campaign.
On the defensive end, Mustafi averaged 2.0 tackles, 1.9 interceptions and 5.2 clearances per game in the Premier League last season (stats via whoscored). The former Valencia defensive ace has represented Germany in 20 international matches while registering two goals for his country in the process.
The highlight of Mustafi’s international career came in 2014 when he helped Germany win the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. On his day, the Bad Hersfeld born talent can be a capable defender at the back. However, he is way too inconsistent for Arsenal and needs to be moved on in favour of younger stars like Rob Holding.
Why The Gunners Cannot Afford To Let The German Defender Leave
The Gunners have suffered a lot in terms of results over the past few years due to Mustafi’s defensive frailties inside his own half. However, the fact remains that the German is currently arguably Emery’s fourth choice for the centre-half position at the Emirates Stadium.
Mustafi has a good leap which allows him to win some 50-50 duels in the air. He is also a good tackler and can make some vital interceptions for his side. However, the German international lacks pace and is vulnerable when left isolated with the opposition in a 1v1 situation.
Mustafi Set To Stay With Arsenal: Massive Boost For The Gunners?
With Juventus unlikely to sign him this summer, Emery has been handed a boost as he cannot afford to lose one of his senior players without bringing in a proper replacement. Mustafi might be inconsistent, but he can still play a crucial role for the Gunners in the domestic cup competitions and help them compete for silverware this season. Yes, most fans might have wanted him gone, but he would be a crucial player in ensuring that the first team defenders are not risked in the cup competitions or in the early stages of the Europa League.
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