Arsenal set to offload World Cup winner and 71 match appearance-maker – Good or bad move?

According to countless reports promulgated by numerous UK media outlets, Arsenal are laser-focused on selling Germany international Shkodran Mustafi and Egypt international Mohamed Elneny before the window closes shut for a number of Europe-based leagues on September 2.

The two spotlighted players are no longer in Emery’s plans this season and thus, will find playing time hard to come by this season. Both players have been heavily chastised by Arsenal supporters, especially last season, with both players maligned for their underwhelming and error-riddled performances, particularly at home against Crystal Palace at the tail-end of last season.

Arsenal needed a win to keep their chances of booking a Champions League spot alive, but choked when it mattered the most in just one of a litany of dismaying and disastrous results amassed at the final stretch of their inevitably disconcerting season.

Verdict?

Both Mustafi and Elneny have, at times, been the subject of unjust opprobrium from sections of the Arsenal faithful. They’re not the only two figures culpable for Arsenal’s baffling downward spiral at the end of last season, but the bottom line is: they’re not good enough to start for the club, especially an outfit as prominent and celebrated as Arsenal Football Club.

With the arrival of high-profile, big-money signings like Nicolas Pepe and Kieran Tierney, a wage clearout is imperative and in Mustafi and Elneny, Arsenal have two players they can do without.