Arsenal have confirmed that Shkodran Mustafi will not be fit to play in either of Arsenal’s two remaining fixtures meaning he’ll sit out the FA Cup final with Chelsea.
The German injured his hamstring at the tail-end of the 2-1 win against Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final and will also miss Sunday’s game with Watford.
The news is particularly heartbreaking for the defender given he also missed the 2017 FA Cup final after picking up a concussion the week before.
Having been told he could leave the club this time last year, Mustafi has been one of the first names on the team sheet since Mikel Arteta took over. It’s been quite a turnaround for the World Cup winner and there’s even talk of him being handed a new deal. We wish him a speedy recovery.
Arteta now has a week to decide who will replace Mustafi. Rob Holding seems the most likely candidate and Sokratis is also waiting in the wings.
It sounds as though Bernd Leno is winning his battle to be part of the squad at Wembley. Our keeper is running and undertaking ball work and hopes to be in full training in the coming days.
Elsewhere, Pablo Mari, Gabriel Martinelli and Calum Chambers continue their rehabilitation.