Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi remains relaxed over his future despite a failed summer exit, and plans to focus on his football instead.
Mustafi, who joined Arsenal from Valencia in 2016 for €41m, has struggled to make his mark in north London. He has, in fact, been the subject of regular criticism from club supporters over the years for his error-prone displays.
This prompted doubts over the 20-time Germany international’s future at the Emirates Stadium.
Gunners boss Unai Emery even opened the door for Mustafi to move on in the summer after holding talks. However, he ultimately didn’t go anywhere and made his first appearance of the season for Thursday’s 3-0 win at Eintracht Frankfurt in the club’s Europa League opener.
While youngsters Joe Willock and Bukayo Saka grabbed the headlines for their impressive displays in Germany, though, Mustafi can claim credit for helping Arsenal keep only their second clean sheet since April.
“I’ve never been someone who begins a war when something doesn’t work out,” Mustafi told reporters after the match.
“I always said: If it is possible, I am open to taking the next step. If not, I keep playing my football.
“My father, who is my agent, spoke to the club. I am an Arsenal player and I have still got a two years contract.
“The manager said he sees me the same way he sees every player in the team. That’s why I played today and that’s it. We are going to see what the future holds.”
Mustafi will now hope Emery gives him another crack in the line-up for Sunday’s home game against Aston Villa in the Premier League.
Arsenal, of course, desperately need all three points this weekend having failed to win their last three league games.