Arteta: Mustafi injury won’t alter transfer plans

Arteta: “We have a very clear intention of  what we wanted to do in the market with the resources we have. If we can do it that’s fine but his fitness won’t change that”

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Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta insists an injury to Shkodran Mustafi won’t affect his transfer plans before Deadline Day
Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta insists an injury to Shkodran Mustafi won’t affect his transfer plans before Deadline Day

Mikel Arteta insists the injury sustained by Shkodran Mustafi during Arsenal’s 2-1 FA Cup win at Bournemouth won’t change the clubs transfer plans.

Mustafi was carried off on a stretcher having landed awkwardly as the Gunners secured a fifth-round clash at Portsmouth.

The 27-year-old Germany defender will have scans on Tuesday to determine the extent of the problem, but Arteta conceded the early signs were not positive.

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“They’re going to assess him between today and tomorrow but when a player has to come off, normally with a central defender – hopefully I am wrong but – normally it’s not good news.” said Arteta.

Asked if Mustafi’s situation could alter Arsenal’s January transfer plans and make a move for Pablo Mari more necessary, Arteta insisted the Gunners were still in the market for new additions ahead of Friday’s deadline.

“No,” he added. “We had a very clear intention of what we wanted to do in the market with the resources we have and if we can do it, fine.

“But his fitness [Mustafi’s fitness] won’t change anything.”

Arteta: I want Auba here

Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang has been linked with a move to Spain in January
Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang has been linked with a move to Spain in January

Meanwhile, Arteta reiterated his desire to keep captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the Emirates Stadium after reports linking the 30-year-old with a move to Barcelona.

Aubameyang, who has scored 14 Premier League goals so far this season, served the final game of his three-match suspension during the Gunner’s win at Bournemouth, and Arteta cannot wait to get the striker back in his side.

“I want Auba here 100 per cent,” Arteta said. “I’m so happy with him and I can’t wait to have him available again after suspension.”

Arteta’s praise for Saka, Nketiah and Willock

Bukayo Saka celebrates opening the scoring at Bournemouth
Bukayo Saka celebrates opening the scoring at Bournemouth

Homegrown duo Bukayo Saka and Eddie Nketiah struck to steer Arsenal past Eddie Howe’s struggling Bournemouth.

The Cherries also had a player who came through their academy score as striker Sam Surridge slotted in his first senior goal for the club in added time, but the Gunners held on.

Arteta hailed young English trio Saka, Nketiah and Joe Willock.

“I’m very pleased, I knew it was going to be tough out here,” said Arteta. “We played a really young squad today and wanted to see their reaction, and I’m very pleased.

There were 22 passes in the build-up to Arsenal's first goal
There were 22 passes in the build-up to Arsenal’s first goal

“In the first half I think we were really, really good. I’m excited that everything we planned came together in a good way.

“They are important, the core of that team at the moment. So to play with that accountability, I really like it. The young players were terrific, their work-rate, and for me as well the courage to play, to make big decisions and not just play it safe.

“You look at Nketiah on the wing and then three seconds later he’s in the middle of the goal. He’s always in the middle of the goal to score, and the way he works off the ball is terrific.”

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