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Wenger confirms injury blow + key man to miss Everton game

By on December 12, 2016

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Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Shkodran Mustafi has been ruled out for 3 weeks while Aaron Ramsey will miss Arsenal’s trip to Goodison Park to face Everton tomorrow night.

Mustafi was forced off during the first half of Saturday’s 3-1 win over Stoke after suffering a hamstring injury in the 25th minute and limped down the tunnel after being replaced by Hector Bellerin.

The boss said immediately after the game that the initial feeling was that Mustafi’s injury was a bad one and he would be facing around 21 days on the sidelines.

The club have now had time to further assess the injury and Wenger has confirmed that the German international will miss the next three weeks meaning he won’t play again until the New Year.

Shkodran will now sit out tomorrow’s trip to Everton as well as next weekend’s huge showdown with Manchester City while he’ll also miss the home game against West Brom on Boxing Day and is likely to be short for the visit of Crystal Palace on New Years Day.

We’ll have to wait and see how well he recovers to see if he’ll be able to return for the trip to Bournemouth on January 3rd but it’s a huge blow to lose Mustafi over such an important period of the season.

He’s been outstanding alongside Laurent Koscielny since joining the club from Valencia in the summer but it looks as though Gabriel is now set for a run in the first team. Thankfully Bellerin made his comeback at the weekend so the Brazilian can move in to the middle of defence from right-back.

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There was further bad news from Wenger’s press conference at London Colney this morning after he also confirmed that Ramsey will miss the Everton game tomorrow night.

The Welshman sat out the win over Stoke with a minor hamstring injury and hasn’t recovered in time to make the trip to Merseyside on Tuesday night.

So it looks as though Francis Coquelin will continue alongside Granit Xhaka in midfield tomorrow night but let’s hope Ramsey is back in contention to face City on Sunday.

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