Mustafi fit despite ankle concern

3 Sep

Shkodran Mustafi should be fit to make his Arsenal debut against Southampton next weekend after shaking off a minor ankle injury.

Arsenal: Mustafi fit despite ankle concernArsenal: Mustafi fit despite ankle concern

The centre-back, who joined the Gunners on Tuesday in a deal reported to be worth £35million, picked up a knock in Germany’s friendly win over Finland on Wednesday and there were fears he could face a spell out on the sidelines.

However, the 24-year-old has allayed any injury fears and is available for Germany’s World Cup qualifier against Norway on Monday.

“Focused on the start of the World Cup qualifiers in Norway on Sunday!” the defender wrote on his official Twitter account which was posted alongside a picture of him in training.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger will be delighted Mustafi is fit as he is already without senior centre-backs Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista, meaning he has had to use the summer signing from Bolton, Rob Holding, alongside Laurent Koscielny in the heart of defence in the early games of the campaign.

Provided Mustafi doesn’t suffer a fresh setback on Monday, he should line up for his Arsenal debut against Saints on September 10.

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