Earlier this season, the arrival of Shkodran Mustafi from the Mestalla to pair up with Laurent Koscielny was said to be the substratum for Arsenal’s success. The man who cost £35 million – which is a lot of money when Arsene Wenger is involved-to provide defensive natural solidarity to a flustering backline, was quick in getting
Over the past several years, Arsenal have been labelled as a side that ‘lacks steel’. For all the attacking flair that they possess, defensive naivety has been their achilles heel. It has possibly been the catalyst behind the disintegration of numerous title campaigns which were looking so promising. Another major criticism of Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal
Arsenal finally buckled under pressure this summer and actually spent some money on transfers. The north London club splashed out nearly £80 million on players, including Shkodran Mustafi, Granit Xhaka and Lucas Perez. All the investments look solid, but yet it somehow feels same old Arsenal. The club never looked like buying until the last
“We have not closed any deal with anybody at the moment,” said Arsene Wenger, when the press inquired whether Arsenal were closing in on a deal for Shkodran Mustafi. “Speaking about Mustafi – Mustafi or anybody else – we have not concluded anything at the moment.” The ever so shrewd Arsenal manager gave away nothing.