Mustafi carried off on stretcher in Bournemouth clash as Arsenal’s defensive crisis gets worse – The Sun

SHKODRAN MUSTAFI has been stretchered off during Arsenal's FA Cup tie at Bournemouth.

The German defender suffered a clash of heads with goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez when going up for a header.

The incident happened in the 62nd minute, with the Gunners leading 2-0 and he was replaced by Rob Holding.

With David Luiz still suspended, Mustafi's injury would leave boss Mikel Arteta with only Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Holding to choose from against Burnley on Sunday.

The German has been a much-maligned figure at the Emirates, but his absence will leave Arteta short of options.

The 27-year-old has started Arsenal's last two league games, playing the full 90 against Sheffield United and Chelsea.

And with the transfer window set to close on Friday, the injury could derail any possible chance of Mustafi leaving the Gunners.

Arteta recently publicly backed Mustafi, saying: "I’ve worked with players like this, I’ve had team-mates like this and there is always a moment where they click.

“I can accept a mistake, no problem. What I’m not going to accept is someone who makes a mistake and then stops playing, doesn’t want the ball and doesn’t want to make decisions.

"That player is not acceptable for our team.

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