Arsenal could be without Shkodran Mustafi for some time after the German appeared to completely banjax himself earlier this evening.
With nobody around him, he pulled up in what looked like considerable pain, with what seemed to be a thigh or hamstring or groin injury. He fell to the ground in the game against [some other potential qualifier for the World Cup] and probably went ‘Owwwww’ – but in German.
Mustafi pulls up injured against Azerbaijan pic.twitter.com/OKvMSxoxQl
— Terje (@ArsenalTerje) October 8, 2017
It’s always worrying when a player gets injured with nobody around them, and there were shades of Lukas Podolski’s injury which saw him sidelined for three months and also that terrible moment years ago when Irish striker Dicky Magee wrenched his gooch and missed almost half a season.
Arsenal must now consider how to reach the Premier League’s slide tackle quota which states each side must complete a prescribed number of challenges which see a defender go needlessly to ground.
The former Valencia man has been the designated slider since his arrival last August, but the Gunners will have to find a way to cope without the Hank Scorpio lookalike for some time.
He will need plenty of rest in his hammock that he got down in the hammock district. That’s on third.