Wenger delivers latest Arsenal injury update after Stoke win
Arsene Wenger delivers the latest update on Shkodran Mustafi after the Arsenal defender suffered a hamstring injury
Arsene Wenger has revealed that Arsenal are likely to be without Shkodran Mustafi for the hectic festive period in the Premier League after the defender suffered a hamstring injury during Saturday’s 3-1 win over Stoke City.
The Germany international had to be substituted in the first half at The Emirates after suffering the problem early on against the Potters.
Wenger brought on Hector Bellerin and moved Gabriel Paulista to the centre of defence in a move which is likely to indicate how he will set up his defence in the coming weeks in the absence of Mustafi.
The news comes as a significant blow to the Gunners, with Mustafi having been a regular fixture in Arsenal’s defence since his arrival at the club from Valencia in the summer transfer window.
And Wenger confirmed that he expects Mustafi to be out for at least 21 days following the problem.
Speaking at his post-match news conference at The Emirates on Saturday, 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.
“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!”
Arsenal take on Everton at Goodison Park on Tuesday night.