Arsenal have this evening been dealt a blow on the personnel front, after Shkodran Mustafi was forced off during the club’s meeting with Bournemouth.
Mikel Arteta’s men got their FA Cup campaign back underway a short time ago, with a 4th-round trip to the Vitality Stadium.
The visitors no doubt headed into proceedings brimming with confidence, on the back of a fine display and subsequent result last time out.
Despite going a man and goal down inside the opening half hour of a Premier League trip to London rivals Chelsea, Arsenal fought back, to eventually secure a hugely-impressive 2-2 draw.
And, when all was said and done at the Vitality this evening, the Mikel Arteta influence was evident once again.
A superb first-half display on the part of the Gunners saw both Bukayo Saka and Eddie Nketiah find the net in style, to seal their place in the FA Cup’s last-16.
Bournemouth did manage to pull one back deep into injury-time, but substitute Sam Surridge’s strike proved little more than a consolation.
Arsenal now face a trip to Fratton Park to face Portsmouth in the competition’s 5th-round.
— The Emirates FA Cup (@EmiratesFACup) January 27, 2020
An otherwise positive night for the Gunners, though, was soured somewhat by a blow on the injury-front.
As outlined above, the player to have picked up the problem was Shkodran Mustafi.
A heavy collision with goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez just past the hour mark saw Mustafi’s ankle turn awkwardly in the turf, leading to the German being stretchered off in evident pain:
A sad end to the evening for Musti… he was turning in a strong display tonight, but he’s been stretchered off 😔
The travelling Arsenal fans chant his name as he leaves the field of play 👏👏👏
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— Arsenal (@Arsenal) January 27, 2020
It remains to be seen how long Mustafi will be sidelined for, but his injury could not come at a much worse time for Arsenal and Mikel Arteta.
Calum Chambers is set to miss the remainder of the campaign with a long-term injury picked up earlier this month, both Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac are also sidelined, David Luiz is in the midst of sitting out a suspension, and Hector Bellerin and Sokratis have just returned from spells out of action.