Mikel Arteta provides injury update on Shkodran Mustafi after Watford win

Mustafi hobbled off against City (Picture: Getty Images)

Mikel Arteta has revealed that Shkodran Mustafi’s injury looks ‘really nasty’ and the Arsenal defender will miss the start of next season.

The German went down clutching his hamstring after a collision with Raheem Sterling in the Gunners’ FA Cup semi-final win over Manchester City last week.

Mustafi has since been ruled out of their FA Cup final against Chelsea on Saturday August 1, but, speaking after Arsenal’s 3-2 win over Watford on Sunday, Arteta admitted that the centre-back’s injury looks likely to be a long-term one.

‘Yes, it looks a really nasty injury again,’ the Spaniard said.

‘We have lost Calum Chambers the week after I arrived here, we lost Pablo for three months and we’ve lost Musti so at the back we are really short.

‘Musti’s been playing really consistently and at a really good level with me and we wish him a quick recovery.’

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Arteta will have be without one of his most consistent defenders of late (Picture: Getty Images)

When asked if the defender will miss the start of next season, Arteta replied: ‘Yes he will, yes.

‘He pulled the tendon of his bone in his hamstring and that’s normally a lot of weeks.’

With three senior centre-backs out with injury, Arteta is likely to be forced into persisting with a backline of Rob Holding, David Luiz and Kieran Tierney.

The Gunners started out with a back four against Watford, but quickly reverted to their recently adopted 3-4-3 formation in what proved to be another dismal defensive display.

With their numbers at the back dwindling, Arteta conceded that it’s an area they will have to look at.
‘I already mentioned three central defenders who are not available and we haven’t had them available for a long time anyway, during this season. We will have to address that.’

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