Campbell: Arsenal have paid off the 'Three Musketeers'
Arsenal have made the correct call in offloading Shkodran Mustafi as he was one of three “disruptive” players who needed to be paid off.
That is according to ex-Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the 28-year-old defender completed a free transfer to Schalke.
Left-back Sead Kolasinac also moved to Schalke earlier in the window, though his was a loan deal, while Mesut Ozil left the Emirates on a permanent basis for Fenerbahce.
All three players’ contracts were set to expire at the end of the campaign.
Campbell believes Mustafi, Kolasinac and Ozil — or the “three musketeers” as he calls them — were causing more harm than good in the Arsenal dressing room.
He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “Mustafi was the last piece of that tribe for them, that jigsaw. Kolasinac, Ozil and Mustafi, the three musketeers are no longer at the club.
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“I think Mikel Arteta’s done really well to get them out. We’ve had to pay them to leave. We had to pay Ozil and we had to pay Mustafi, but I think sometimes needs must.
“We had to get them out and that’s what they’ve done. You don’t want anyone that counterproductive in the dressing room.”
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Mustafi had been with the club since 2016, Ozil since 2013 and Kolasinac 2017.
Together, the trio made a combined total of 518 Arsenal appearances.