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Arsenal Finding It Difficult To Offload Misfit, Mustafi

Arsenal are finding it difficult to shift Shkodran Mustafi – because the Germany defender is determined to stay.

Gunners boss Unai Emery wants to offload misfit Mustafi to help raise funds and get his hefty £120,000-a-week contract off the wage bill.

But Mustafi, 27, has gone to the United States with the Arsenal squad and is making it clear he wants to stay, fight for his place and is settled in London.

Mustafi, who has got two years left on his contract after his £35m move in 2016, has been singled out for criticism and a drop in form during the past two seasons.

It has made it hard for Arsenal to find a buyer and the strongest interest was two years ago when Inter Milan were keen but refused to pay more than £25m.

Emery is also facing a defensive headache after captain Laurent Koscielny went on strike and refused to go on the club’s tour to the US.

Koscielny, 33, wants to leave after getting an offer from Bordeaux – with Lyon and Rennes also keen – as he only has one year left on his contract at Arsenal.

Rob Holding is on the US trip but may miss the start of the season as he recovers from knee surgery which means that Arsenal may look to give Dinos Mavropanos or Calum Chambers a chance this season.

Meanwhile, John Jensen is returning to Arsenal as the club’s Scandinavian scout.

Former Gunners midfielder Jensen, 54, who became a cult hero during four years at Arsenal in the 1990s, has described it as a “dream job” and hopes it will lead to a bigger role in the future.

Jensen told Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet: “It is true that I have to work for Arsenal. On July 1, I started my job as head coach for the club in Scandinavia.

“Initially, I need to find talents for the club’s academy, but in the long term I hope to contribute with scouting players to the Premier League squad.

“After more than 20 years as a coach, I feel that I have my finger on the pulse of the football industry.”

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