Mikel Arteta hints at signing a new centre back after injuries

Arsenal has suffered from injuries this season. Their defenders have been worst hit and Shkodran Mustafi is the latest defender to be sidelined.

The German, whose injury wasn’t thought to be that bad, will now miss the start of next season, according to Mikel Arteta.

The defender joins the likes of Calum Chambers and Pablo Mari as long-term injury absentees at the Emirates.

The Gunners signed two new defenders in the last transfer window. They will also have William Saliba back from his loan spell to use next season.

However, after losing Mustafi and others and with the Gunners looking to compete in at least four competitions next season, Arteta has hinted that he might have to sign a new defender when the transfer window reopens.

He talked about the extent of Mustafi’s injury, revealing that the German injured his ankle in a “nasty” way before adding that he will miss the start of next season.

“It looks really nasty,” said Arsenal’s head coach per Goal. “He pulled the tendon off the bone in his hamstring and that’s normally a lot of weeks.”

Speaking on his plans after having three long-term injury absentees, he said:

“I mentioned three central defenders that are not available and we haven’t had [two of them] them available for a long time during the season,” said the Spaniard.

“We will have to address that.”

Tags mikel arteta Shkodran Mustafi

7 Comments

  1. The Deluded One says:

    Because you can never have to many centerbacks if you are Arsenal!

  2. Ken1945 says:

    Well, that would seem the situation at the moment.

    Is there any way sw can recall Mavs, rather than buying a new centre back?

    Also there is the opportunity to sign Lovren (?) on a free, now he has left Liverpool.

    1. Sue says:

      He’s signed for Zenit, Ken…. Mavs is interesting though, he’s off to Stuttgart, but I’m not sure if there’s a recall option..
      All these injuries – just our luck!!

      1. ken1945 says:

        Thanks for the update Sue, I’ve got another positive vibe for the Cup Final 2-0 and did you see Mike Deans face when VAR over turned his decision? Hilarious!!!

        1. Sue says:

          I hope you’re right, Ken 🙏
          It was hilarious, nearly choked on my drink!!! Aww poor him, bet he was devastated, he tried his hardest!!

  3. Gworm says:

    I hope this is a typo, because if Mustafi’s hamstring is attached to his ankle we’re in a world of trouble!

  4. Val says:

    shouldnt Mari be back for next season and Chambers.
    I also think Mavs should have been given a shot for next season

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