Pako Ayestaran speaks out about Shkodran Mustafi's proposed move to Arsenal

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Last year, Arsene Wenger angered Arsenal fans as he failed to make to sign a single outfield player during the summer transfer window.

With the Gunners finishing second last season, 10 points behind champions Leicester, surely the Frenchman would learn his lesson this time around.

But, despite moving early to sign Granit Xhaka for £30 million, Wenger has failed to add any further high-profile signings.

Rob Holding has arrived from Bolton while Japan striker Takuma Asano has also signed - two signings that have hardly excited the Arsenal fanbase.

One position that the club must strengthen this summer is at centre-back. Per Mertesacker has been ruled out until the new year, while Gabriel has also been sidelined for up to eight weeks.

It leaves the side desperately short of experienced central defenders and left Wenger insisting he will add to his defensive ranks.

For weeks, It seemed as though that man was Valencia’s Shkodran Mustafi. The Germany international has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates but, in recent days, it seems as though the move is in doubt.

Ayestaran on Mustafi

And now, Valencia boss Pako Ayestaran has categorically denied that his player will be joining Wenger’s side this summer.

"Mustafi is not for sale and will not be leaving the club," he told reporters, per

Well, that seems to settle it then.

Mustafi was left on the bench for Valencia as he recovered from injury during Monday night’s 4-2 defeat to Las Palmas.

Wenger on Mustafi

Wenger, who is usually extremely coy when talking about potential transfer targets, admitted this weekend that he hoped the Mustafi deal would be done shortly.

He told French TV station SFR Sport: "Mustafi? We hope it will be done  He is one of a number of players we are looking at. Negotiations are ongoing."

Suddenly, it seems as though the deal has hit the rocks and, with just over a week until the window shuts, Wenger could well be on the lookout for another defender.

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