Arsenal could be stuck with Shkodran Mustafi having received no formal transfer offers

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Arsenal are interested in signing Dayot Upamecano (Picture: Getty)With Rob Holding still at least a month away from being in contention for first team action, Arsenal are in dire need of defensive reinforcements but what remains of their transfer budget is unlikely, at this stage, to be boosted by Mustafi’s sale.According to the BBC, Arsenal are yet to receive concrete interest from any club, while Mustafi is determined to stay and fight for his place.Arsenal have already seen a loan offer for Juventus’ Italy international Daniele Rugani rejected and are struggling to raise the funds required to tempt RB Leipzig into selling £55m-rated Dayot Upamecano.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Arsenal are keen to sell Shkodran Mustafi (Picture: Getty)Arsenal could be lumbered with Shkodran Mustafi having received no formal offers for the error-prone centre-half.Arsene Wenger sanctioned the £35million signing of the Germany international three years ago but his performances have deteriorated to such an extend that he is currently close to being unselectable.A section of supporters booed the former Valencia defender after he was introduced as a second half substitute against Lyon 10 days ago and almost immediately committed an error which led to Moussa Dembele’s winning goal.Mustafi was limited to just four minutes of action against Barcelona on Sunday but was again at fault, failing to detect the run of Luis Saurez and allowing the Uruguay international to score the goal which denied Arsenal a morale boosting draw.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal begin their Premier League campaign against Newcastle on Sunday and are likely to line-up with Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Calum Chambers at the heart of their defence with Unai Emery set to revert to a flat back four, having largely operated with a 3-5-2 formation last term.Club captain Laurent Koscielny is on the verge of finalising his acrimonious departure and signing for Bordeuax, while summer recruit William Saliba has been loaned back to Saint-Etienne for another 12 months. Arsenal could be stuck with Shkodran Mustafi having received no formal transfer offers Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 6 Aug 2019 12:06 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link673Shares Commentlast_img read more

Exclusive:Egypt reveal 2014 World Cup play-off venue

first_imgEgypt have revealed they will use a military stadium in Cairo to host Ghana in the second leg of the sides’ 2014 World Cup play-off.It will be the first time Egypt have played in the capital since October 2011, following the Port Said tragedy and civil unrest in the country.The Pharaohs’ recent home matches have been in the Red Sea resort of El Gouna.But they have chosen the 30,000-capacity 30 June Air Defence Stadium for the crucial match against Ghana.It will be played on 19 November, with kick-off set for 1900 (local time).The two-legged tie – one of five in the final African qualifying round – will decide who makes it through to next year’s finals in Brazil.Egypt’s Minister of Sports Taher Abu Zeid announced the decision for the venue on Tuesday.And it was also confirmed that fans will be allowed to attend the game.Supporters have largely been banned from matches in Egypt since the Port Said riots at a match between Al Ahly and Al Masry that claimed the lives of more than 70 people. Domestic football was also suspended in the country and although it resumed after a year’s absence the league was again stopped in July after the military overthrow of president Muhamed Mursi’s government and subsequent violence.Ghana had already announced that the first leg of the tie will be played at the Baba Yara stadium in Kumasi on 15 October.last_img read more