Arsenal have confirmed that Shkodran Mustafi’s deadline day move to Germany is not a loan as they detailed his transfer to Schalke.
Whatever happened in this window, be it a sale, loan, or contract cancellation, it was clear that once Mustafi was out the door, Arsenal were going to bolt it behind him.
Still, just to be sure, Arsenal made it clear that Mustafi has joined Schalke on a permanent basis.
He is no longer an Arsenal player.
“Shkodran Mustafi has joined Bundesliga side Schalke in a permanent transfer,” said the very first line in their article about the move. Edu made sure by adding,
“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.”
It’s not clear if Mustafi bought out his contract, Arsenal tore it up or if there was a small fee involved in the move, although the latter is unlikely.
According to the Schalke website, “Both parties agreed to keep the details of the deal undisclosed.”