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Arsenal have been approached about Shkodran Mustafi's availability

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Arsenal fans are unlikely to be completely satisfied with how their team have fared during the summer transfer window.

The Gunners have been relatively cautious to date with club-record signing Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasniac being the only fresh faces for the 2017-18 season.

The Emirates faithful may have expected a busier off-season in terms of transfers despite their failure to qualify for the Champions League last term.

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Arsene Wenger can only be pleased to have acquired a prolific striker and brutish defender for only £52.7 million but he is running short of time to make further additions.

The August 31 deadline is only two weeks away and there is still a significant level of concern surrounding the North London side.

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Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil have been a constant source of uncertainty amid their ongoing reluctance to extend their current deals at Arsenal.

Both stars are in the final year of their respective contracts in addition to seven other senior players who stand to leave for free come the end of the season.

Arsenal supporters could be forgiven for feeling discomforted by the situation – especially with talk of other first-team regulars jumping ship gathering momentum.

POTENTIAL SALES

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is in the same contractual position as his Chilean and German teammates yet could fetch the Gunners a more than respectable fee should he depart.

Chelsea and Liverpool are understood to be considering bids in the region of £35 million even though Wenger has insisted the England international will not be sold.

The Frenchman would do well to fend off the escalating interest in his new star wing-back but he could be set to face another challenge before the window is out.

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Sky Italia reports that Inter Milan have approached Arsenal over a potential deal for Shkodran Mustafi just 12 months after his arrival from Valencia.

The German – who cost the Gunners £34 million – is thought to be open to the idea of moving to the San Siro as Luciano Spalletti steps up his search for a central defender.

Arsenal are believed to have written off any possibility of cashing in on a player who has helped strengthen their infamously leaky since the day he joined.

Wenger is poised to lose Gabriel Paulista to Valencia in the coming days while Per Mertesacker is still recovering from a gashed head.

That leaves Laurent Koscielny and Rob Holding as the only other natural centre-backs available right now, underlining just how crucial it is that Mustafi stays at Arsenal.

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