Monday, June 24, 2024

Mustafi ruled out until October

Arsenal have confirmed that Shkodran Mustafi will miss the opening month of next season having undergone a small procedure on his damaged right hamstring on Saturday.

The German picked up the injury during the FA Cup semi-final win over Manchester City and had already been ruled out of the FA Cup final last week.

At the weekend, Mikel Arteta hinted at the damage done claiming the centre-back had suffered a ‘nasty’ injury, pulling the tendon off the bone.

The club have said the earliest we can expect to see Mustafi back in training is October. Allowing a couple of weeks for him to get back to full fitness, it’s likely he’ll not be in contention until nearer November.

Reflecting on the situation, Mustafi wrote on social media: “Missing out on the FA Cup final for the second time. The good news is that the surgery went well and that I am not the type of guy who gives up easily.

After the disappointment, I accepted the situation and I am now focused to recover to be back on the pitch.”

Fellow defenders Pablo Mari and Calum Chambers will also miss the start of next season which starts on 12 September.

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Gooner for life

I’m interested to know:

thumbs up if you would sell Mustafi if a decent offer came in,
thumbs down if you would keep him due to his recent form


Get well soon Musta.


too bad we can’t sell him now! Sokratis Mustafi Ozil Elneny all have to go


is that really the question you want to pose at this time?


according to transfermarkt, his contract expires next summer 2021. I would def cash in on him if possible for a fee 10M+ ?
Otherwise since he is on reported 90k/week I would just let him run his contract since he seems to fit Arteta’s play stype of ball playing CB.


Sell him would be my plan a, if it’s not possible or Arteta wants to have him around next season, extend his contract for 1-2 seasons. Can’t afford to lose players for free anymore.


I agree with the not losing players on a free but I don’t want to raise his wages anymore and make him even harder to sell…


I don’t think after his last years at the club, he’s in a position to demand higher wages. Or do you think someone else would pay him more?

The Far Post

Not sure how many offers will come for a CB who is seriously injured and won’t start training until a month into the new season. Even though Mustafi looked much improved recently, Arsenal might sadly be alone in this sort of risk taking.

Like it or not, we probably will have Mustafi for the next campaign.

Teryima Adi

He’s earn the right to stay based on his performance pre– and post Project Restart I believe.

Teryima Adi



Apart from the slightly callous timing (the guy injured himself playing for us – & will miss his second cup final through injury!), an injury this serious makes it very unlikely any offer will come in this summer. He’s going to be out for most of the rest of the year and there’s no guarantee he will return to post-lock-down form (or pre-Arteta form).


He didn’t injure himself. Raheem Sterling injured him.


Raheem certainly rubbed it in. Not sure he caused it, but would not be surprised if the vicious way he landed exacerbated the injury.

Inspector norse

Would we not sell just about anybody if we got a decent offer relative to the players value ? PEA for example is out of contract next year, and have not commited to a new contract, so selling him for 250 million£ sounds like a deal to me.

Paul Roberts

I’d be happy for him to stick around mate but as Andrew says probably not a good time to be posing such a question?


Best of luck to a fast and complete recovery.
Would still like him to be replaced though.
I have absolutely no issue with him – seems like a good person but as a defender he is simply not good enough, at least not for Arsenal..

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

By the time he comes back, Luis would have caused three PK against.



Saturday =Penalties

Thumbs up if you would play Sokratis on Saturday. Thumbs down if you would keep him as a substitute


I guess the thumbs down would have played Kola….

Paul Roberts

Thumbs up if you don’t want any thumbs up thumbs down shit. Thumbs down if you want more? 🙂


Now I am confused.

Paul Roberts

Read it slowly 🙂


Get well soon


Rough luck for the guy, you’ve gotta say.

Teryima Adi

Mustafi would make a likable neighbour.

Paul Roberts

He’d probably mow your grass…


And kill your puppy by accident and then raise his hands up



Kieran Tierney’s Tesco bag

Get well soon dude

Cygans Parting

Mustafi, Mari, Chambers all injured and Mavropanos on loan to Stuttgart. With Sokratis not wanted by the club for next season that currently leaves us with David Luiz, Rob Holding and young William Saliba as genuine 1st team options for our first game in 6 weeks time. Couple that together with the fact we’ve got no money. If I were Mikel Arteta I’d have Daniel Ballard, Zech Medley and Harry Clarke in all over the off season drilling them with coaches Steve Bould and Ryan Garry to get them up to some sort of standard. Looks like at least one… Read more »


My starting 11 against Chelsea would be:

Bellerin Luiz Tierney
AMN Xhaka Ceballos Saka
Pepe Lacazette Aubameyang

Bench: Leno/Macey, Sokratis, Holding, Kolasinac, Willock, Smith, Torreira, Nketiah, Nelson

The Kolkata Gooner

Definitely don’t want to see Bellerin at CB. Just start Holding. Maybe he will replicate his performance from the last time we played Chelsea in the FA Cup. Play Bellerin as right wing back, and shift AMN to the left, or stick with Saka. That’s what I’d go with.


Bellerin has played there under Wenger and under Emery. He’s relatively big for a full back and not bad in the air. Plus, and these are my main reasons, he’s got excellent recovery speed and is a better passer than Holding. I like Holding and I hope he still comes good at Arsenal but at the moment, after the injury struggles and the way he played since he came back, I don’t trust him in an FA Cup final.


Bellerin is not as good to mark and tackle opponents, that side will most likely face Pulisic and with the form he is in I rather have a real CB that can tackle him down.


Yeah, a Holding, who really didn’t look particularly quick or agile next to a Luiz, who definitely isn’t very quick or agile, against a very quick and agile winger. What could go wrong?

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David Luiz as a lone centre back. Bold.


It’s absolutely not unusual that full backs play as wide cb‘s in a back 3. Have done that with Nacho, Kolasinac and Tierney on the other side.
Azpilicueta plays there for Chelsea for ages when they play a back 3.
I don’t say it’s Hectors best position but he can do a job there and in a game like that I rather want to have my best 11 players on the pitch. And if I have to chose between Saka, AMN and Holding, Rob‘s out, unfortunately.


We would rather ask Per Mertesacker to play in the heart of defense than ask Bellerin


So we’re not selling Mustafi… Probably have to rely on Luiz/Holding/Saliba till Mari/Mustafi/Chambers can come back into frame. Still one Cback too many if all are fit (Unless Chambers also roles into DM) Mari and Saliba, jury still out. Luiz, frankly best in back 3 but really there bc we have injury issues. Chambers and Mustafi, prob one should be sold but frankly we have not seen enough of Chambers and Mustafi is one of the more proven entities at the back with good aerial strength/distribution from deep. So moving target on this one. I don’t think we should be… Read more »


A wonderful person and a true professional. I have nothing but admiration for the way he fought back into contention. In his day, he is really an excellent defender. I wish him a speedy and full recovery. But if we want to compete with the best (as Arteta keeps saying) then it’s best if we are able to move him on.


One of the several positives with Mustafi is he is built with some durability.

It takes a lot to get him injured.

This is prob one of the longer spells he has out. They’ve stamped on him, etc and he generally looks indestructible.


But like all things mustafi this has come at a bad time. I hope this injury doesn’t affect anything they may have planned for next season.


I’m really sad for him, being out for two finals is terrible luck, and we will miss him, Holding is not nearly as good at heading the ball and passing out from the back.

Anthony Osode

Wishing Musti a complete and speedy recovery. Hope he gets back to the level he was at prior to the injury


Wishing him a complete and speedy recovery as well. By all accounts a decent guy. On recent form, our best CB and a possible channel for getting out of 3 at the back.

Mhizta Ralph

Damn! When Arteta was getting the best of him. So sad he his going to miss the FA cup… For the we’ve time

Mhizta Ralph

For the 2nd time rather.


I wonder if there’s any way to void the final year based on injury and make insurance pay for it. I know the answer is no but…

Pires Henry

The utter animosity towards Mustafi amongst half of our fan base is unbelievable. Going by individual and team performances under Unai Emery, most of the players should’ve been put on sale. Give him a break, the guy’s been a revelation under Arteta. Hope he recovers soon and prove the doubters wrong again.

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