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Unai Emery is facing a selection crisis in defence as Arsenal will be without Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis against Southampton next weekend but he had positive news on the German’s fitness.
Mustafi has started every Premier League game for Arsenal so far this season and was once again selected to line-up in a back three alongside Sokratis and Stephan Lichtsteiner against Huddersfield Town on Saturday afternoon.
The German international failed to see-out the game as he limped off midway through the second half after picking up a hamstring problem so it looked as though he was facing a spell on the sidelines.
However, speaking after Arsenal’s 1-0 victory at the Emirates on Saturday, Emery offered a positive update after playing down Mustafi’s injury by saying he thinks the centre-back will be ‘OK’.
No doubt he will be further assessed by the medical team at London Colney but it will be a big boost if Mustafi hasn’t suffered any lasting damage as we lost Rob Holding for the rest of the season last week while Dinos Mavropanos is still out so the last thing we need is another injury in defence.
However, Emery does have a short-term problem at the back as Mustafi and Sokratis picked up their fifth bookings of the season on Saturday and will therefore serve a one-match suspension against Southampton next weekend.
It means the Arsenal boss will be without the three centre-backs who’ve played for the majority of this season when we head to the South Coast next Sunday afternoon so Emery has a big decision to make at the back.