On the face of it this seems like a brilliant deal for Arsenal and one that is right up the street of the financially careful Arsene Wenger. And if the report in The Mirror is right and it was the Gunners that made the first move and asked Valencia about the availability of their centre back Shkodran Mustafi then our manager must rate him as a player that could fill the gap left by the long term injury to Per Mertesacker.
Mustafi was in the Germany national squad with Arsenal’s BFG when Joachim Low led them to World Cup glory in Brazil two years ago and he did come on twice as a sub before a knock ended his involvement. He also played twice for the Germans at Euro 2016 and scored their first goal of the tournament against Ukraine.
After a slow start to his career with Premier League Everton, making just one appearance in three years, the 24-year old moved to Italy where he made his name with Sampdoria before Valencia snapped him up tow years ago. He has gone on to become a mainstay for them in La Liga and Europe but their failure to secure Champions League football for the coming season is the reason Valencia have told the Gunners they will accept half of the €50 million value of his release clause, which means Wenger will not have win many jackpots at ruby slippers slot online to come up with the transfer fee!
Sounds good to me Arsene, so what are you waiting for?