Having lost narrowly to Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday, Arsenal are preparing for a trip to Vienna where they will take on Rapid in the opening round of this season’s Europa League campaign on Thursday. Meanwhile, let’s take around at some recent news reports concerning the club.
Rob Holding was pulled out of the starting line-up on Saturday due to an injury suffered in the warm-up process. The 24-year-old defender has had some serious issues during his career, and any sign of a problem is likely to cause worry for Mikel Arteta, especially given that he’s been on a fine run of form lately. He came close to leaving to join Newcastle United on loan during the summer transfer window, but the move eventually fell through.
The Magpies boss Steve Bruce confirmed the interest, but he admitted that the ship looks to have sailed with Holding back in the Arsenal team.
Speaking after the game, Arteta said the extent of the injury was unknown.
“We don’t know [how bad it is],” he said.
“But it was bad enough to make the decision to get Rob out of the game and to get David [Luiz] in. David was really focused, he came on and I think he had a really good game.”
Holding later reportedly underwent a scan, and it some media claim he could be out for a month due to a problem with his hamstring.
Mustafi set for Germany return
Shkodran Mustafi has been linked with a return to Germany when his contract expires at the end of the season. According to Daily Mail, there are several Bundesliga clubs ready to swoop for the 28-year-old centre-back in order to sign him for free. Meanwhile, Arteta and the rest of the club are apparently keen to get him off the wage bill, which means no offer of a new deal should come his way.