Germany manager Joachim Low has delivered worrying news to Arsenal fans ahead of our game against Watford on Saturday after German international Shokdran Mustafi was subbed off in the 36th minute due to an injury sustained in his side 5-1 win over Azerbaijan in their final 2018 World Cup Qualifying campaign.
The World Champions maintained their 100% record in their qualifying series enroute to the World Cup having won all their 10 games, scoring 43 goals and conceding just four goals. Although, the severity of the player’s injury is yet to be revealed but the German gaffer believes the Arsenal defender could be out for a long time after appearing to tear a thigh muscle.
Germany boss Joachim Low as quoted on Mustafi’s injury after the game, he said;
‘With Mustafi it seems that it is muscle tear or some muscle fibre tear,’ he said after the match.
‘In any case it could force him to a longer break.’
Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger will be hoping the German international is only out for a couple of weeks with the Gunners facing a gruelling fixture this month. The 25-year-old has been in fine form for the Gunners since the 4-0 debacle at Anfield and will likely miss games against Watford, Crvena Zvezda and Everton away from home, before hosting Norwich and Swansea at the Emirates.
Shokdran Mustafi will be a big loss to the Gunners after forging a good partnership with Laurent Koscielny, and Nacho Monreal in a three man defence. Since the horrible loss at Anfield, we remain unbeaten and are yet to concede a Premier League goal in four consecutive games drawing one and winning three. The World Cup winner will likely be replaced by English defender Rob Holding in a three man defence and Wenger will be hoping the Englishman will be as effective as the German.