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Mustafi wants Arsenal stay, despite club being in talks over exit

Shkodran Mustafi wants to stay at Arsenal, despite the club being in talks regarding a possible exit for the defender.

Arsenal are reported to be in talks with several clubs over a deal for Mustafi, with the Germany international having been deemed surplus to requirements at the Emirates.

According to the ever-reliable BBC journalist David Ornstein, Arsenal want rid of the error-prone 27-year-old, and are happy to allow Mustafi to leave permanently or on a temporary basis, with both Monaco and Roma having been linked.

The former Valencia defender has two years remaining on his contract at the club, and is reported to be keen to stay at the club and fight for his place.

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Mustafi has endured a difficult time since arriving in North London and was booed by the club’s fans during their Emirates Cup defeat to Lyon on Sunday.

Arsenal’s defensive fragility saw them concede 51 goals last season as the missed out on Champions League football with a fifth-place finish.

Arsenal boss Emery is believed to want to strengthen his options at centre-back before the closure of the transfer window next week, and will look to offload Mustafi with French side Monaco said to be interested.

Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney also remains of interest after seeing several bids rejected by the Scottish champions, whilst Lille winger Nicolas Pepe is expected to complete his club-record £72m move in the coming hours.

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