Unai Emery has revealed that Shkodran Mustafi's desire to stay at Arsenal was the reason the club decided against selling him.
Mustafi has two years left to run on a contract believed to be worth £90,000-a-week and was linked with AS Roma but was unwilling to leave Arsenal despite public talk by Emery about his exit. With Rob Holding back from a lengthy knee injury and Calum Chambers available to Emery, Mustafi is effectively Arsenal's fifth-choice center-back.
Speaking in a press conference ahead of the Watford clash, Emery revealed why Mustafi stayed at the club, "Mustafi decided to be here and when he decided to be here he's like another player. Of course I respect his decision. When he decided I spoke to him and said 'you're one more in the squad, I'm going to work with you as other players’.
"He decided to be here, I don't know exactly who was in his decision but when we spoke and he decided to stay here it's a start with him as another player in the squad. He chose how he can be here. Really since he decided to stay here he's working every day with a big motivation and good spirit.
"That is one issue I want from every player: training with good spirit, helping and after giving us his performance in training and the match."