Although he’s listed as ‘being assessed’ ahead of the Tottenham game, Unai Emery has confirmed that Shkodran Mustafi will not return to action until next week.

English referee Paul Tierney shows a yellow card to Arsenal's German defender Shkodran Mustafi (L) for simulation during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Huddersfield Town at the Emirates Stadium in London on December 8, 2018. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)
English referee Paul Tierney shows a yellow card to Arsenal’s German defender Shkodran Mustafi (L) for simulation during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Huddersfield Town at the Emirates Stadium in London on December 8, 2018. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

The German defender picked up a hamstring problem at the same time he collected a suspension for five yellows. Although the club have downplayed the injury, he will miss the game against Tottenham and could also be absent at the weekend when we face Burnley.

Speaking to the media ahead of the cup game against Tottenham, Emery was asked about Arsenal’s January plans given the defensive problems they have.

“The club is working because if we have one good option to come around and help us, we can do it,” Unai said. “The club has this possibility to help us in the transfer window with some players, but I am very happy with the players.

“Already, we have some problems at centre back when we’re playing with three centre backs, but Sokratis is coming back [against Tottenham]. Koscielny is also coming back, Mustafi is coming back in the next week.

“I can sometimes play with Xhaka or Nacho Monreal, and also Mavropanos is starting to do training on the pitch and running. Maybe in one month he can help us, but also in this transfer window if we have one good opportunity to help us and sign [someone], we are working for that.”

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