Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger confirmed that German centre back Shkodran Mustafi will be ruled out until the new year with the hamstring injury he sustained in yesterday’s win against Stoke City at the Emirates.
Mustafi was withdrawn half an hour into the first half after pulling up lame, and Wenger reaffirmed in his post match press conference that the German defender wasn’t an injury doubt coming into yesterday’s game and picked up the injury in the match itself.
Wenger said, “It’s a bad one. He had nothing in midweek. I would not have played him today (if he had). I had Hector Bellerin on the bench. I could have played Holding or Gabriel. He wanted to play in Basel, because he said ‘no it’s nothing’, and it was completely clear. I checked three times and there was no problem for. I don’t know why it happened, but it looks a ‘good’ hamstring strain.”
When asked about the duration of the player’s expected time away from the team, Wenger said, “Look, the minimum when you go out like that is 21 days. After that, today is December 10, so you are 21 days, that means he’ll have a nice Christmas!”
Given Mustafi’s form and how his addition has helped solidify the Gunners’ defence, Arsenal fans will be hoping to see Mustafi back in action early in the new year.