Despite Arsenal now languishing some 12 points behind league leaders Chelsea following their defeat at Stamford Bridge, German defender Shkodran Mustafi believes that the Gunners are still in with an outside chance of claiming the Premier League title. Back-to-back defeats against Watford and their fierce West London rivals have left Arsenal in fourth spot, with many fans believing that a fight to remain in the Champions League qualifying positions is more of a concern.
Mustafi will come up against some of this German international team mates as Arsenal gear up for a Champions League Round of 16 encounter with Bayern Munich, although Premier League ties against Hull City and Liverpool in the coming weeks may well be of more concern to Arsene Wenger. The Frenchman is once again coming under severe pressure from supporters at the Emirates, with betser odds suggesting that the Frenchman’s time in North London could finally be up should he miss out on a place in the top four.
Meanwhile, the future of Mustafi’s team mate for both club and country, Mesut Ozil, has long been up for discussion. However, this week former German international and Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack has urged the former Real Madrid man to sign for Bayern Munich. Despite Ozil reportedly being happy with life in London, a move to the German champions would undoubtedly increase his chances of winning trophies on a consistent basis, with Arsenal seemingly unwilling to match his huge wage demands.
Arsenal are keen to tie down both Ozil and Alexis Sanchez to long-term deals, although the club would potentially be required to break their wage structure in order to keep the duo. Both men have just 18 months remaining on their current deals, with Gunners fans determined not to see repeat instances involving the likes of Ashley Cole, Samir Nasri and Robin van Persie.
Should either man depart from North London, Athletico Madrid man Yannick Carrasco could well be the player to replace him. Both the Gunners and Chelsea are said to be interested in signing the Belgian international, who has fallen out with manager Diego Simeone after the Argentine played him out of position. With ten La Liga goals to his name so far this season, the former Monaco player may well be on Wenger’s shortlist of new players. With Atletico needing funds as a result of their expensive new stadium, both Carrasco and team mate Antoine Griezmann are thought to be on their way out of Spain.