Shkodran Mustafi will be in the Arsenal squad for tomorrow night’s Europa League tie with Rapid Vienna, returning to action having suffered a serious hamstring strain during the FA Cup semi-final win over Man City on July 18th.
The German’s injury required what was described at the time as a ‘small procedure’, but he has been back in full training and could be part of Mikel Arteta’s side in Austria.
His return is timely, as the club have confirmed that Rob Holding will miss three weeks due to the hamstring strain he picked up in the warm-up last Saturday, before the 1-0 defeat to City.
With Calum Chambers still making his way back from an ACL injury, Pablo Mari’s expected late September return now being pushed towards the end of October, and William Saliba ineligible for Europe, it meant the Arsenal manager has been short of options at centre-half despite having eight players in the squad for that position.
Meanwhile, Dani Ceballos and Willian will not make the trip as they are being assessed for ankle and calf issues respectively.
There is a place for Thomas Partey though, and the new signing could make his first start for the club as we look to get our European season off to a winning start.