Latest injury update gives Arsenal a boost ahead of Burnley clash

Shkodran Mustafi in line for shock quick return to the Arsenal team.

Arsenal has been boosted by the return of Mustafi to first-team training and the German could even start against Burnley this weekend.

Mustafi appeared to have been seriously injured when he was taken off on a stretcher against Bournemouth in the FA Cup.

Mikel Arteta had also been fearing for the worse when he commented on the injury after the game but maintained that they would wait and see how the German responds.

Metro Sports is claiming that Mustafi was back in training on Thursday and he could be set to play some part in Arsenal’s next Premier League game against Burnley on Sunday.

Mustafi has divided opinion since he became an Arsenal player and a majority of the fans would no doubt argue that he has had more lows than highs in an Arsenal shirt.

He has, however, enjoyed the support of Mikel Arteta in recent games and he looks set to play himself into a new contract at the Emirates, so the same report is claiming.

Mustafi’s return would be a welcome boost to Arsenal who will still be missing the likes of Sead Kolasinac, and Kieran Tierney through injury.

However, Arsenal has secured the signing of Pablo Mari with a move for Cedric Soares also in the pipeline, which means that very shortly the Gunners could have an abundance of defenders to choose from. That is not something I thought I would write just a week ago


  1. Thank God for his quick recovery. Good one for the team

  2. McLovin says:

    Maybe he hassome kind of mental problem.. maybe he’s nervous? I mean first he commits a grave mistake but after that he plays well.

  3. gotanidea says:

    Only fit CBs should play in Burnley

    Mustafi’s vision and passing ability seem to be better than Sokratis’, so it will be great if he is fully fit to start against Burnley

    Currently our attacks are focused too much on the left side, because our right-footed CBs tend to make diagonal long distribution to the left wing. A left-footed CB like Mari could distribute the ball to our RB and RW

    1. Shakir says:

      Xhaka has a good left foot and made some wonderful diagonals against bournemouth

      1. gotanidea says:

        He possesses that ability, but he usually has to drop back first to the left CB position before making the diagonal long pass

        Xhaka’s managers like to use him as a starter, because his abilities are needed in double-pivot formations

  4. Reggie says:

    Look, whatever we think of mustaffi, its good news, he is a CB and he is back up. With him and the loan signings our back up is ok. We are not improving the first team and that is fact.

    1. ozziegunner says:

      Reggie, with Pablo Mari coming in at least there will more competition for places, rather than whoever is not injured.

  5. Shakir says:

    Mustafi can be useful against burnley because
    He is good in the air
    Can make diagonals
    Seems to have gain confidence which probably will help him to play well consistently.

    But i would love to have sokratis as well.Sokratis is not fast so is burnley’s attack.And his aggressive style of defending can be useful against chris wood.He may not be comfortable with the ball(but that has improved under MA,now he looks somewhat comfortable)but he can be very useful against this physical burnley side.

    It would be hard for david luiz because he is not very good at defending but his diagonals can be very important.

    Hope MA will come up with a strong starting 11.

  6. Grandad says:

    Against Burnley who are so dependant on high balls into the box we should play centre backs who are good in the air, namely Holding and Luis.Burnley do not have pacey forwards but their strikers are powerful and strong in the air.No doubt MA will be fully aware of their strengths and weaknesses.

    1. Vic says:

      Luiz and Mustafa who is more error prone…
      For some reason fans don’t seem to see how bad luiz can be ….Mustafi’s error in Chelsea game was followed by luiz error …
      You must be high on some “Indian hemp” to run into an attacker whose got the advantage like luiz did ..
      I can sit here and tell you plenty of luiz’s errors and moments of madness.
      I believe Arteta will make the defence better gradually.
      Thank God mustafi is back,the guy has shown significant improvement since arteta.

  7. jon fox says:

    Oh GREAT! MUSTAFI MAY BE FIT FOR THE WEEKEND AFTER ALL! Church bells across our green and pleasant land will surely ring out now! Meanwhile some of us will be using the sick bucket at the depressing thought of this “player” again wearing our shirt! AND ESPECIALLY SO SOON!

  8. Tony says:

    Like you Jon I had hoped the injury would keep him away from the team for some time!

  9. Frank Ogamma says:

    MA should covert XAKA to defender bcos he hav d attribute to be a good and decent defender. He defended well against chelsea

  10. Mustafi is certainly improving under MA and it is good to see him back. However I agree with the fact that Birnley have forwards who are physical and good in the air, so Socrates and Holding would be good to have as our starting CB’s and Xhaka can drop back at times to provide the diagonol passes and the pace of Belarin can help in starting and culminating attacks.

  11. Georgy says:

    Their strength is to put high balls in the opposite area and with every corner kick being an opportunity for them to score.Our center backs have to perform at 100% and our fullbacks have to play in a very aggressive manner to stop those providers of crosses.I thing to win there will be a titanic effort due to our disadvantage in physicality.We need a very good referee because they are going to target our less strong players.If we get out of there with a result I will be very confident of our future.

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