OFFICIAL: Mustafi leaves Arsenal permanently to Join Schalke

Arsenal confirms that German defender Shkodran Mustafi has left the club to join Bundesliga side Schalke on a permanent transfer.

Arsenal’s squad trimming has continued, with the defender joining Schalke on permanent.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta said prior to the January transfer window that he was keen to trim some flab from his squad.

The German international made 151 appearances for the Gunners and won the FA Cup twice after joining from Valencia in 2016.

“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,” said technical director Edu.

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

Mikel Arteta added: “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.”

Arsenal also thanked Mustafi for his contribution to the Islington community during the coronavirus pandemic.

“We are also thankful to Shkodran for the part he played off the pitch,” said a club statement.

“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.