Earlier this week, Mikel Arteta confirmed that Shkodran Mustafi would miss the FA Cup final. Today, he’s confirmed that the German will also miss the start of next season.
The 28-year-old went down holding his hamstring towards the end of Arsenal’s 2-0 win against Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final and tests this week have revealed just how serious an injury it is.
“We have lost Calum Chambers the week after I arrived here, we lost Pablo for three months and we’ve lost Musti so at the back we are really short.
“Musti’s been playing really consistently and at a really good level with me and we wish him a quick recovery.
He went on to confirm the player would be out for a long time and then explained: “He pulled the tendon of his bone in his hamstring and that’s normally a lot of weeks.”
Having entered the final year of his contract, Mustafi’s future at the club remains uncertain. This time last year he was told he was surplus to requirements but in the last six months he’s been a regular starter. Arteta has even hinted his preference for the World Cup winner to be handed a new deal.
If we were planning to sell the player and recruit a replacement, that’s likely to be much more difficult given this latest news.
“I already mentioned three central defenders who are not available and we haven’t had them available for a long time anyway, during this season,” lamented Arteta. “We will have to address that.”
It remains to be seen how the club goes about doing exactly that. The transfer window for English clubs officially opens tomorrow and the new season starts in seven weeks time.