Shkodran Mustafi revealed the entire Arsenal team are determined to win the Europa League final for absent team-mate Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Amid fears for his own safety, Mkhitaryan will not travel to Baku for Arsenal’s final against Chelsea next Wednesday. This is down to the political tension between the player’s native Armenia and Azerbaijan.
The former Manchester United playmaker also skipped Arsenal’s trip to Qarabag in the group stages.
Now Mustafi and his teammates are hoping to win the Europa League for Mkhitaryan.
“It’s a shame for him not to be there, especially as he has often played on the way to the final,” he told Kicker.
“Of course, our team has that in mind: we also want to win for Micki.”
The German centre-back has made 40 appearances during Unai Emery’s debut campaign in charge of Arsenal.
However, Mustafi has been reportedly linked with an exit this summer due to Emery’s interest in AS Roma’s Kostas Manolas and Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti.
The World Cup winner has also allegedly captured the interest of Serie A giants AC Milan.
“I don’t know where these rumours come from. It’s funny, I’ve been here for almost three years, and after half a year it was suggested I would be moving,” said Mustafi.
“I am an Arsenal player and I have a contract until 2021. There is no news. If there is, I will announce it and not sneak away.”
After completing a £35m transfer from La Liga side Valencia in 2016, Mustafi has since made 112 appearances in all competitions for Arsenal.