It appears Shkodran Mustafi was not only brought on to keep Arsenal’s defense intact, but to protect the club from losing one of their biggest stars. This is according to a report by the Mirror which claims that the Gunners are hoping that their new defensive acquisition will help convince Mesut Ozil to stay.
The German playmaker has only two years remaining on his deal, meaning the north London outfit risk facing a dilemma between two choices next summer should he fail to sign an extension by then: cash in on him or let him walk away for nothing in 2018.
One of the biggest reasons as to why the “Assisit King” is staling over putting pen to paper on a new deal is he wishes to see the club’s ambition before committing. The former Real Madrid midfielder holds hopes of winning the Premier League and (possibly) the Champions League with Arsenal, but has had to settle for merely two back-to-back FA Cup triumphs since arriving in 2013.
Ozil is a world-class player; as a result, his desire to win prestigious titles comes as no shock. In fact, it’s understandable – even expected. Although there are no claims suggesting the the 27-year-old midfielder has his mind set on leaving the Emirates, anything short of a drastic change to their transfer window approach may have sparked a move away.
Wenger will be hoping that his near £90m expenditure over the summer will be enough to win back Ozil’s optimism over the future. Mustafi, whom Le Prof spent £35m on, is close with Mesut and will add much-needed quality to Arsenal’s back line.
Elsewhere, the Gunners also signed Granit Xhaka and Lucas Perez to bolster their midfield and attack, and whilst the latter isn’t as high-profile as the Swiss midfielder, the Spaniard will add a new dimension to Arsenal’s attack.
Only time will tell, though, if Wenger’s recent transfer activities were enough to win over Mesut.