Unai Emery has confirmed that Shkodran Mustafi and Mohamed Elneny will depart Arsenal before the European transfer window slams shut
Both players are deemed surplus to requirements by the Spanish manager and have not featured the Gunners squad in the opening two Premier League matchdays.
Neither player is expected to take a trip to Anfield with the rest of the team this weekend, and both are urged by the Arsenal boss to find a new club before September 2.
“We have some players, and they know their situation. For example, Elneny and Mustafi, they know their situation in the squad,” Emery explained in the build-up to Arsenal’s showdown against Liverpool.
“I want the players to be happy here. I want the players to be protagonists here, and last year, for example, with Mustafi and Mo, when they didn’t play, they weren’t happy.
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“I spoke with them a lot of times last year in this position, and I think it is positive for them to leave and to sign for another team where they can be protagonists, they can be happy and can continue their careers as players.
“They are very big players, but here for one circumstance or another. they are going to have less chances to show their capacity or to be happy with us taking minutes of playing matches.
“They know the situation, I am wishing the best for them, and I think now the best for them is to be protagonists in another team; to sign and to get another challenge for them and continue with another team.
“But with [a lot of] respect, they are training with us, but they know their situation, and I am wishing only the best for them.”
The German defender has been linked with a potential season-long loan move to AS Roma or AS Monaco, while the Egyptian midfielder emerged as a potential target for the Turkish giants Galatasaray.