Mustafi’s turbulent Arsenal spell ends as Arteta and Edu confirm exit

Shkodran Mustafi has joined Schalke from Arsenal on a permanent transfer.

The 28-year-old World Cup winning defender has had a turbulent time in north London, but does leave with 151 appearances and two FA Cup triumphs.

Technical director Edu said: “We thank Musti for his contribution at Arsenal which has spanned four-and-a-half years, more than 150 appearances and a prominent role in two FA Cup wins.

“Everyone associated with the club wishes Musti and his family the very best wishes for the next chapter in his career.”

With Arteta adding: “Musti has been a key player for us for a long period of time.

“He played a very important part in my first season as manager and I’d like to thank him for his professionalism and for always being ready when called upon.

“Everybody at Arsenal wishes Musti well at Schalke.”

The club have said: “We are also thankful to Shkodran for the part he played off the pitch.

“His donation of more than 16,000 meals helped vulnerable residents in our local borough of Islington during the height of the coronavirus pandemic, providing them with an essential food service they otherwise wouldn’t have received.

“Everyone at Arsenal thanks Musti for his contribution to the club. We wish him and his family all the best for the future.”

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