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Arsenal star offered surprise lifeline as Arteta admits defensive worries

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Shkodran Mustafi has been offered an Arsenal lifeline as head coach Mikel Arteta admits he currently has a dearth of defensive options.

Germany international Mustafi appeared certain to leave the Emirates Stadium either last summer or during the January transfer window having been told by former boss Unai Emery he was surplus to requirements.



Mustafi has been linked with a move away this month but, asked if he could afford to lose another centre-back, Arteta replied: “Can we afford?



Jose Mourinho and Mikel Arteta are both looking at defender Djene Dakonam as an option to bolster their leaky defences and it would appear that the 28-year-old could move this month.

They will try their best, and I will try to select the ones who in my opinion are the best fit for that game.” Meanwhile, Tottenham and Arsenal have been handed a lift with the news that Getafe have made a centre-back target available for £22million.

Meanwhile, injuries to full-backs Hector Bellerin, Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac has left Arsenal even shorter at the back.

“They are wingers or central midfielders and could we afford to lose full-backs?
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