Fears that Shkodran Mustafi might be out for a prolonged period have been alleviated this evening after the club briefed that the German has only suffered a sprained ankle following his awkward landing during the 2-1 win over Bournemouth in the FA Cup last night.
The German was stretchered off in the second half, leading to concerns that his injury might sideline him for months, but it now appears not to be quite that bad.
Bit of good news for Arsenal – Mustafi's injury is a sprained ankle and not as bad as first feared. Not expected to be out for too long.
— Nick Ames (@NickAmes82) January 28, 2020
A sprained ankle might still see him miss some matches, but with a two week break after this weekend’s trip to Burnley, it’s a fixture-lite time of the season in which he can recuperate.
Meanwhile, Arsenal are still attempting to do some business before the end of the transfer window on Friday.
Negotiations with Flamengo over Pablo Mari are still ongoing; reports from the Ukraine say we’ve agreed a fee with Shaktar Donetsk over the transfer of left-sided centre-half Mykola Matviyenko; this evening we’ve been linked with a move for Southampton right-back Cedric Soares.
Mikel Arteta insisted last night that an injury to Mustafi would have no impact on the club’s potential business this month.
“We had a very clear intention of what we wanted to do in the market with the resources we have and if we can do it, fine,” said the boss.
“But his fitness won’t change anything. We are in the market, the club is trying to facilitate one or two bodies with the resources we have.”