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Mustafi Delivers Defiant Message For Arsenal Fans Following Injury Vs Stoke

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 10: Shkodran Mustafi of Arsenal speaks to a member of the Arsenal medical team after going down injured during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Stoke City at the Emirates Stadium on December 10, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

It was bound to come at some point but it couldn’t have happened at a worst period in the campaign – Arsenal’s almost yearly injury crisis. 

Crisis may be a strong word in this instance, but Shkodran Mustafi’s injury midway through the first half against Stoke City on Saturday now brings the Gunners’ tally of sidelined players to six, with the likes of Per Mertesacker and long-term absentees Santi Cazorla and Danny Welbeck all still out.

The Emirates boss, Arsene Wenger, also delivered pretty dour news for Arsenal fans regarding Mustafi’s condition following the game against the Potters, telling the Mirror that the Germany international’s injury was ‘a bad one’ and that ‘the minimum for an injury like that is 21 days – so he will have a nice Christmas.’

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 10: Marko Arnautovic of Stoke City (L) speaks to Shkodran Mustafi of Arsenal (R) as he goes down injured during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Stoke City at the Emirates Stadium on December 10, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

As the tabloid points out, Arsenal’s run of six games in the next 28 days makes the timing of this injury even more difficult to take, something the 24-year-old was all too aware of when taking to Instagram to express to his followers his sense of frustration, albeit with a tinge of defiance included at the end.

For any Premier League club this is the one period of the campaign where injuries come into even sharper focus as squads are stretched to breaking point, and with the north London club now bereft of two of their best centre-backs – Mertesacker and Mustafi – the pressure will be on those who remain fit to keep Arsenal’s title challenge alive going into the New Year.

Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.