By Joe Nelson

Arsenal legend Paul Merson has slated Arsene Wenger’s latest transfer target Shkodran Mustafi as a “panic buy”.

The Gunners have been strongly linked with the Valencia centre-back in recent weeks after Wenger revealed he was in the market to sign a new defender.

Merson, who won two First Division titles at Arsenal, is puzzled by the club’s transfer policy in a summer in which midfielder Granit Xhaka has been the only major arrival.

The former attacking midfielder has queried as to why they have left their business this late and why Wenger had not made a move for the German defender sooner.

“If they fancied Mustafi that much, why didn’t they buy him when the Euros had finished?” Merson told Sky Sports. “It feels as if it is a bit of a last resort.”

The Guardian suggest that the 24-year-old defender should be on his way to Emirates Stadium soon, but the move may leave Gunners fans wondering why it has been left this late and only after the injury to Gabriel has plummeted them into a defensive crisis.

Wenger enraged Arsenal fans earlier, by claiming that he is only in the market for a defender, which will most likely be Mustafi, but is not seeking out the striker that the fans are craving ahead of the curtain-raiser against Liverpool on Sunday.

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