Mustafi to come straight back into Arsenal XI for Swansea?

To be fair to the World Cup winning former international teammate of Shkodran Mustafi, who is fit again after tweaking his hamstring in the final game of the last international break, Per Mertesacker has done well in the absence of his defensive colleague.

Our BFG did not play in the Carabao Cup game against Norwich City on Tuesday either, so it seems clear that Arsene Wenger was keeping the aging centre back fresh in case we needed him for the visit of Swansea City in the Premier League this weekend.

With Sky Sports reporting that Mustafi is back in full training and available to the boss, however, I expect Mertesacker to drop back to the bench. This is not necessarily about form but more about the way the game is likely to play out, with Arsenal dominating and the Swans defending deep as they did recently when taking a hard earned point off Tottenham recently.

The last thing you want in that situation is the big German’s lack of pace up against a quick counter attack, so just for the extra speed in his legs if nothing else, do you want Wenger to bring Mustafi straight back into the Arsenal team?



  1. Mitch Connor says:

    Slowly. Easy does it
    Nobody should rush into action from injury
    Although very happy to see Mustafa back on a daily

  2. Andrew Ken Reyes says:

    Holding can replace Mertesacker . Mustafi should get a cup game before he gets back into the first team

    1. OxInTheBox says:

      next game at City and we need Mstafi, so he should get game time today. paly Mert or Holding or un-fit Mustafi at City is suicide

  3. Grandad says:

    Mustafi is one of the poorest centre backs in the Premier League and yet another example of AW s incompetence in the transfer market ,Deabuchy and Xhaka are others who contribute precious little to the cause .Holding and Beliek are very promising centre backs who will make the grade if given the chance .

    1. Migbar Sibhat says:

      I am sure that younever watch arsenal game starting from August 2016. Mustafi is one of the best defences today probably be the first in the premier league. What a shit Holding, rather than playing withhim and sacker it is better to back monreal along with Kosh and 2 wing backs. Plus for mancity it is better to drop either xhaka or Rambo and come with Wilshere is best lineup.

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