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Unai Emery explains why Shkodran Mustafi did not leave Arsenal in the summer

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Unai Emery says he is prepared to give Shkodran Mustafi a fresh start in his Arsenal squad after his attempts to sell the error-prone centre-back fell on deaf ears.

Despite his attitude in training Mustafi may still find game time hard to come by with Emery expected to use Holding in the Europa League opener away to Frankfurt on Thursday.

As football.london reported prior to the European transfer window closing, Mustafi was unwilling to push for a move away from Arsenal despite Emery's private and public indications that he would be better off departing the club.



Emery did much the same with regards to Mohamed Elneny, who went on loan to Besiktas, whilst Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Nacho Monreal also departed in the final days of the European transfer window.

"That is one issue I want from every player: training with good spirit, helping and after giving us his performance in training and the match."

With Rob Holding back from a lengthy knee injury and Calum Chambers available to Emery Mustafi is effectively Arsenal's fifth-choice centre-back, perhaps even sixth depending on Konstantinos Mavropanos' progress, but the Europa League and EFL Cup could offer the World Cup winner a chance at redemption after three disappointing seasons in north London.

"Mustafi decided to be here and when he decided to be here he's like another player.
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