Arsenal is forced to recalibrate its defensive options as its trusted defender, Shkodran Mustafi incurred a hamstring injury.
During their heated encounter against Stoke, the Germany international limped and left the pitch after 25 minutes. Disappointed, the squad could only look at their impressive teammate and wish a fast recovery.
According to reports, Mustafi is expected to be sidelined for at least three weeks. The club’s manager per se, Arsene Wenger confirmed his lengthy absence in an interview.
“It’s a bad one. The minimum is 21 days,” Wenger revealed.
The ex-Valencia man made a hihgly anticipated move to Emirates this summer for a staggering £32M.
Aside from his defensive prowess, he is also known for his accurate passes, which are crucial in creating scoring chances. His average pass accuracy is currently pegged at 83%, one of the most impressive in the Arsenal roster.
Due to his current condition, the Gunners will have to bear with his absence when they go against Everton, Manchester City and West Bromwich Albion.
Though all of the above-mentioned matches are important, the one against City is the most crucial. Pep Guardiola’s squad is one of their closest title rivals. This is despite the fact that the Cityzens trail them by seven points.
Meanwhile, Mustafi cannot help but express his frustration in social media.
“Very bitter injury at that point of the season. I’ll do everything I can to recover quickly and come back stronger than before #sm20,” he shared in his Twitter account.
He also used his famous “back on top emoji.”
Arsenal catapulted to the 2nd spot of the league table after snatching an emphatic win against Stoke last weekened. Despite trailing the Potters during the first-half, the club snatched the lead back to their side after securing goals from Theo Walcott, Mesut Ozil and Alex Iwobi.