Another game, another wave of criticism for Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi.
The German defender was yet again at the centre of another defensive horror show when the centre-back gifted Wilfried Zaha Crystal Palace’s second goal of the game and gifting the three points to Roy Hodgson’s side.
Mustafi has been at the receiving end of criticism from Arsenal fans for the majority of his time in north London, and with recent reports indicating the former Valencia man could be one of seven players Unai Emery is looking to move on this summer, supporters were predictably happy.
According to the Daily Mail, Emery is looking to increase funds this summer to improve the Arsenal team, with Mustafi one of the players facing the chop from the squad if a buyer can be found. So what would the potential consequences be of the German being sold?
Arsenal finally get rid of club calamity
The day Mustafi leaves Arsenal will be a day of a celebration for supporters of the club.
For most of his time in north London, the German defender has been nothing but a mistake waiting to happen and a player who has failed to develop into a defender of top-six Premier League quality, and at £35 million Mustafi firmly establishes himself as one of the worst Arsenal signings in the Premier League era.
With such an error-prone player out of the club, fans and players can breathe a sigh of relief heading into the 2019/20 Premier League season.
Mavropanos steps up to senior role
With Mustafi gone, it might make sense to dip into the market and sign a less risky replacement, but the answer to who can succeed the German in the first-team is already at the club in the form of Konstantinos Mavropanos.
The Greek defender has finally returned to first-team football after several months out on the sideline with a groin injury, and the 21-year-old made his first starts of the season against Watford and Crystal Palace to much delight from the Arsenal fans.
Unai Emery has been impressed with the central-defender and has big plans for the youngster, and with Mustafi gone, Mavropanos’ route to the first-team will be a lot clearer, which would be sure to delight him.
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