Arsenal flop Shkodran Mustafi axed from Schalke squad for ‘sporting reasons’

Arsenal loanee Shkodran Mustafi axed from Schalke squad for 'sporting reasons'
The World Cup winner does not even make the bench (Picture: Getty)

Shkodran Mustafi’s spell at bottom-of-the-table Schalke has gone from bad to worse after the Arsenal flop was axed entirely from the matchday squad.

The 28-year-old centre-back moved back to Germany on a short-term deal until the end of the season during the January window but is yet to taste victory for his new club, losing four of his six Bundesliga appearances.

Over that period Schalke shipped 16 goals while the dismissal of head coach Christian Gross saw the club become the first Bundesliga side to have five different managers in one season.

Arsenal flop Shkodran Mustafi axed from Schalke squad for 'sporting reasons'
Mustafi has shipped 16 goals in his six Schalke outings (Picture: Getty)

Schalke have managed to win just one match all season and are rock bottom of the table on a miserable 10 points, with relegation a certainty for one of Germany’s biggest clubs.

Mustafi, along with Arsenal loanee Sead Kolasinac and Klass-Jan Huntelaar, had led a player revolt against Gross, with the World Cup-winning centre-back enduring a tumultuous couple of months in Gelsenkirchen.

Now things have got even worse for Mustafi after he was axed from the squad that faces Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.

Explaining his omission, Schalke tweeted: ‘Shkodran Mustafi is not in the squad for sporting reasons today.

‘William is also not included for disciplinary reasons. Both players will have the chance to impress again in training next week.’

Mustafi’s latest humiliation rounds off a dramatic fall from grace for the German defender, who was deemed surplus to requirements by Arsenal and allowed to leave on a free transfer despite having six months left on his contract.

The deal he signed with Schalke only runs until the summer and, as things stand, the club appear very unlikely to renew his deal even though they will be playing in the second tier of German football.

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