Well I know that Arsenal fans are used to getting bad news on the injury front, but this would really have been taking the biscuit and would have been arguably the worst piece of luck on that front to hit the Gunners for some time.
With all the troubles of Jack Wilshere, Abou Diaby, Aaron Ramsey and all in recent years that would take some doing, but for a short time not long after the restart of the international friendly between Germany and Finland last night, Gooners everywhere were crossing our fingers, toes and anything else crossable after our brand new transfer acquisition Shkodran Mustafi went down under a hefty challenge and looked like he might not be able to carry on.
With Gabriel and Per Mertesacker already out of action and Calum Chambers having joined EPL club Middlesborough on loan to make room for the German, an injury to Mustafi would have been nothing short of a disaster. Fortunately for us the centre back was alright to carry on and ended up completing the full 90 minutes, helping Joachim Low’s side to a clean sheet in the process.
The other Arsenal star on show was Mesut Ozil, who came on for Jonas Hector after about an hour and 15 minutes later our skilful playmaker doubled Germany’s lead, with a little help from an Arajuuri deflection. So in the ned it was a positive night for Arsenal’s German internationals, although it is likely to be a tougher test for them in Norway next week as that game is a World Cup qualifier.
For now, though, it is all good from an Arsenal perspective.