Arsenal boss Unai Emery says he respects Shkodran Mustafi's decision to remain at the club this season and insists that the defender still has a future in north London.

The German centre-back was expected to leave the Gunners this summer after falling out of favour under the Spaniard last season.

And although he was heavily linked with several clubs across Europe, including Monaco and Roma, the 27-year-old decided to stay at the Emirates to fight for his place.

Despite encouraging Mustafi to leave before the close of the transfer window, Emery has insisted the defender will not be treated differently to any other player in his squad.

“Mustafi decided to be here and when he decided to be here, he’s like any other player,” said Emery.

Shkodran Mustafi has not featured for Arsenal this season

“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’.

“I don’t know exactly who was in his decision [to stay], but when he decided to stay here, it’s another player in the squad.”

Mustafi has not featured in Arsenal's opening games four games this season, which have seen the Gunners take seven points.

His last competitive appearance for the club came in May and he was booed by supporters during a pre-season game against Lyon in the Emirates Cup.

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However, Emery says the former Valencia centre-back is in good spirits and has impressed with his attitude in training.

"He is working every day with a big motivation and good experience," he added.

"That is what we want, training with good experience, helping and, after, giving us his performance."

Arsenal travel to Watford in the Premier League on Sunday before starting their Europa League campaign away at Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday.