Arsenal duo Shkodran Mustafi and Mohamed Elneny have been told to find new clubs by manager Unai Emery.
The German defender and Egyptian midfielder have dropped down the pecking order at the Emirates Stadium, even more so this summer after their summer arrivals, and were expected to be sold during the transfer window.
gettyMustafi was a £35million signing from Valencia in 2016
However, with the Premier League transfer deadline passed and the European window closing on September 2, both players are yet to be moved on.
Mustafi played plenty of football in Emery’s first season in charge but has always polarised the opinion of supporters and has made plenty of mistakes.
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Elneny, who has also yet to feature following his return from the African Cup of Nations with Egypt, arrived from Basle in January 2016 but has never been able to hold down a regular place in the Arsenal midfield.
After signing the likes of David Luiz and loanee Dani Ceballos this summer, Emery is now keen to move on players who will be left unsettled by a lack of first-team opportunities.
And he has told Mustafi and Elneny to leave the Emirates for the good of their careers.
“We have now some players, they know their situation,” he said.
“For example, Elneny and Mustafi know their position in the squad and really I want the players to be happy here, I want the players to be protagonists here.
GETTYMohamed Elneny has also been told to leave Arsenal after falling further down the pecking order
“Last year with Mustafi and Mo, when they didn’t play they weren’t happy and I spoke with them a lot of times last year and this pre-season and I think it is positive for them to leave and sign for another team where they can be protagonists and be happy and continue their careers.
“They are very big players but for one circumstance or another, they are going to have less chances to show their capacity or to be happy with us and the minutes they play in matches.
“But they know the situation and really, really I am wishing the best for them and I think now the best for them is to be protagonists in another team and sign and to get another challenge for them with another team.
“We respect them, they are training with us, but they know their situation and only I am wishing the best for them.”
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