Bournemouth 1-Arsenal 2
Arsenal booked their place in the FA Cup 5th-round on Monday evening.
The Gunners faced a 4th-round trip to the Vitality, where they took on fellow Premier League outfit Bournemouth.
The Cherries were also Mikel Arteta’s first opponents as Arsenal boss. That tie would end 1-1.
But Monday’s affair produced a different result, with the Gunners finding themselves two goals to the good inside 26 minutes, thanks to strikes from youngsters Bukayo Saka and Eddie Nketiah.
The Cherries did pull a goal back in the dying moments of the tie, but the north London outfit managed to hold out for a 2-1 victory.
A place in the 5th-round of the FA Cup and a first away win under Mikel Arteta were some of the positives to come out of Monday’s clash for Arsenal.
But the Gunners did suffer one blow vs Bournemouth, as Shkodran Mustafi had to be stretchered off 62 minutes into proceedings.
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
0-2 🟡 (62)
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) January 27, 2020
In his post-Bournemouth press conference, Arteta gave this fairly negative update on the German centre-half:
“They’re going to assess him between today and tomorrow but when a player has to come off – normally and central defender, hopefully I’m wrong – but normally it’s not good news.” As quoted by football.london.
And losing Mustafi for any amount of time, especially with Calum Chambers expected to be sidelined for the rest of the campaign, would likely be a huge blow for the Gunners.
However, on Wednesday evening, Goal’s Charles Watts has given a rather positive update on Mustafi.
According to Watts, Mustafi’s injury isn’t as bad as was first feared, with scans showing that the former Valencia man only suffered an ankle sprain vs Bournemouth. Watts also added that the 27-year-old will not be a long-term absentee:
Good news about Shkodran Mustafi, scans have shown he only suffered an ankle sprain last night. Injury not as bad as first feared. Won’t be a long-term absence.
— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) January 28, 2020