- Shkodran Mustafi was replaced by Rob Holding after he suffered a hamstring injury in the FA Cup semifinal against Manchester City
- Arsenal boss claims he is not sure the player will be ready for the FA Cup final
- The Gunners face Chelsea in a highly anticipating FA Cup final against Chelsea on August 1
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Shkodran Mustafi will not be in action when Arsenal take on Chelsea in a mouthwatering FA Cup final at the Wembley stadium on August 1, no thanks to a hamstring injury.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta disclosed this to newsmen saying he doubts that the player would have fully recovered from the injury he sustained during their FA Cup semi-final victory.
That is a major setback for Arsenal and also for Mustafi whose turnaround in fortunes under Arteta has been remarkable - to looking like he was on his way out, to now being a first choice centre half.
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“The rest is true that Musti is injured and we need to assess a little bit how long he is out,” said Arteta who was then asked whether he would be fit for the final.
“I doubt it. I don't know. We have to see how he evolves in the next few days. At the moment, I doubt it.”
Arsenal will end the Premier League season in eighth or tenth position which would be their worst finish since 1995 Premier League season.
The Londoners finished in 12th position in the 94-95 season under George Graham who was sent packing during mid-season despite being in charge for nine years.
The Gunners recorded their tenth loss of the season following their 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa at Villa Park in their penultimate match.
It is also the third consecutive season Arsenal have lost 10 league matches in a season that has been marred with a poor string of results.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the Gunners must not just gun for revenge, Mikel Arteta’s men could still secure a place in the Europa League for next season should they win the FA Cup final against Chelsea.
This would mean fifth and sixth spot in the Premier League would likewise be entering into the European competition.
But not seventh. And that is exactly where Spurs sit in the standings. If Chelsea win the FA Cup then because they are in the top four, it would mean seventh place would qualify for the Europa League.
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