German defender Shkodran Mustafi has left the Emirates for Bundesliga club Schalke04 till the end of the season.
Mustafi left on a free transfer, with Arsenal agreeing to terminate what was left of his contract.
Arsenal revealed the information via its social media pages on Monday evening. “Thank you and good luck, Musti 👊” the club wrote on instagram.
“@MustafiOfficial has joined the Royal Blues from @Arsenal and has signed a contract until the end of this season.” Schalke04 also shared on it’s Twitter page.
In a statement, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said: “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.”
Technical director Edu added: “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.”
Mustafi follows fellow Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac to the German side who are languishing at the bottom of the Bundesliga as a result of ongoing financial difficulties.
28-year-old Mustafi signed for Arsenal for £35m from Valencia in 2015, having won the World Cup with Germany a year earlier, but ultimately never managed to convince fans he was good enough for the Gunners.