Date: 12th December 2016 at 3:55am
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Manager Arsene Wenger has been speaking about the injury sustained by Shkodran Mustafi in last weekend’s game against Stoke City.

The World Cup winner found himself substituted in the 25th minute of the game in what became a three one victory for Arsenal that put them top of the table by close of play of Saturday.

Speaking to the Official Site in his post game press conference following the victory, Wenger confirmed that the injury was a bad one and the frustration was he felt nothing in midweek following Basel otherwise he’d wouldn’t have been played.

Ahead of full medical assessments and scans if necessary though on his hamstring, Wenger believes it’s going to be a 21 day lay off at least, so he joked Mustafi would have a nice Christmas as he’ll be out of action until the New Year.

‘It`s a bad one. He had nothing in midweek. I would not have played him today if he had. I had Hector Bellerin on the bench. I could have played Holding or Gabriel. He wanted to play in Basel, because he said ‘no it`s nothing`, and it was completely clear. I checked three times and there was no problem for. I don`t know why it happened, but it looks a ‘good` hamstring strain.’

As for a timeframe for his return unless further investigation shows more, Wenger added.

‘Look, the minimum when you go out like that is 21 days. After that, today is December 10, so you are 21 days, that means he`ll have a nice Christmas!’

The 24 year old will obviously miss the festive fixtures against Everton at Goodison Park next midweek, Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on December 18 and West Bromwich Albion on Boxing Day.

He should hopefully then be back in contention.

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