Defender Shkodran Mustafi‘s long-term injury suffered during Germany’s meaningless World Cup qualifier has caused manager Arsene Wenger to question why the Arsenal defender was played in the first place.
Arsene Wenger has hit out at Germany boss Joachim Low’s decision to feature the defender in a meaningless FIFA World Cup qualifying match – as the Germans had already sealed their spot in next summer’s competition in Russia, and there was no point to have risked the Arsenal defender.
As the defender is now expected to face six weeks out of action, Arsene Wenger has voiced his incredulity at the defender’s inclusion – and now faces a tough crisis as Frenchman Laurent Koscielny is also doubtful.
The 25-year-old Arsenal star, playing in Germany’s 5-1 victory over Azerbaijan in Kaiserslautern this week, sustained a muscle injury, with Arsene Wenger not expecting him to return until late November. The Arsenal manager could not hide his displeasure at losing such a prominent player to his team, and a defender he had really counted on in the last couple of matches.
The German was completing an average of about 6.20 clearances per 90 minutes in the English Premier League. Now, Arsene Wenger will have to re-check his defensive options as they play Watford this weekend.