Shkodran Mustafi provides injury update ahead of Burnley vs Arsenal

Shkodran Mustafi suffered an ankle injury during Monday's win over Bournemouth
Shkodran Mustafi suffered an ankle injury during Monday’s win over Bournemouth (Picture: Getty)

Shkodran Mustafi is in contention to feature for Arsenal against Burnley this weekend, despite appearing to have sustained a serious injury against Bournemouth on Monday.

The 27-year-old had only recently been handed a lifeline by Mikel Arteta following a turbulent period in his career which culminated in him being frozen out by Unai Emery and told to look for another club.

Mustafi has started Arsenal’s last three games in all competitions but was taken off on a stretcher following a collision with his own goalkeeper, Emiliano Martinez, midway through the second half of the FA Cup fourth round victory at the Vitality Stadium.

Arteta feared the former Valencia centre-half had suffered a serious setback, saying: ‘We’ll be assessing [Mustafi] between today and tomorrow but when a central defender has to come off, hopefully I’m wrong, but normally it’s not good news.’

Mustafi, however, took part in first team training on Thursday and appeared to be in fine spirits, alongside compatriot Mesut Ozil.

With Calum Chambers out for the rest of the season, Arteta has been desperate to strengthen his defence in January.

Spanish defender Pablo Mari’s loan move from Flamengo was confirmed on Wednesday and the 26-year-old cannot wait to represent ‘one of the best clubs in the world’.

‘When I spoke to my agent, it was a big thing that Arsenal were interested in me,’ he told Arsenal Player. ‘This is one of the best clubs in the world, so I’m absolutely delighted to be joining. I’m really looking forward to playing in this jersey and helping my team.

‘The conversations started a couple of weeks ago. Arsenal told us that they were interested. We’d just won everything with Flamengo – I won the league and the Copa Libertadores and was also named best centre-back in America, so that will have helped Arsenal notice me.

‘It’s a great achievement for me to come to Arsenal and it all happened in basically two weeks.

‘I’m kind of used to [all the media attention the move has received] from Brazil, where the fans are really passionate about Flamengo. I’m used to a lot of media interest so I know what to expect when joining a big club like this one. It’s a normal thing for me now.’

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