Sokratis Papastathopoulos left Arsenal earlier this month, with the club allowing the defender to go as a free agent.

Now it’s claimed Shkodran Mustafi wants to do the same, with Gazzetta dello Sport reporting he’s ‘trying to free himself from Arsenal’.

Should the German succeed then he’ll have a wider choice of clubs to sign for before the end of the winter market, and will also find it easier to locate a club which will go close to the wage level he’ll be looking for.

Gazzetta report interest from Lazio, and explain Mustafi fits perfectly in the mould of what the Serie A club want. Any move is entirely dependent on the 28-year-old negotiating a free agent status with Arsenal.

Mustafi only has 43 minutes of Premier League football so far this season, and clearly isn’t considered an important player by Mikel Arteta.

Given the player’s contract is set to expire at the end of the current campaign, it makes sense for Arsenal to get Mustafi’s wages off their accounts and would provide more financial room to bring in reinforcements.