Mikel Arteta has more or less ruled Shkodran Mustafi out of the FA Cup final after he picked up a hamstring strain in the semi-final win over Man City.
The German pulled up late, making a clearance against Raheem Sterling, and was substituted by Rob Holding.
He is out of this weekend’s clash with Watford on the final day of the Premier League season, and it looks as if he’s going to miss the Wembley showdown with Chelsea next weekend.
At his press conference this afternoon, Arteta was asked whether or not the 28 year old would recover in time for the final.
“I doubt it,” he said. “We have to see how he evolves in the next few days, but I doubt it.”
If the injury is as serious as feared, it will be the second time he has missed an FA Cup final. In 2017, he was ruled out because of concussion, and with Laurent Koscielny suspended, the Gunners had to field a trio which included Per Mertesacker making his first start of the season.
On that day, an incredible defensive effort and goals from Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey saw Arsenal run out 2-1 winners.
Let’s hope the result is as positive this time around, regardless of who starts. Arsenal face no other injury issues going into the Watford game, with Calum Chambers, Pablo Mari, Gabriel Martinelli and Bernd Leno still sidelined.