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Shkodran Mustafi’s injury won’t alter Arsenal’s 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” the manager said.

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.

“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.”

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.”

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