Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi has admitted he is “extremely bitter” after being ruled out of action for a month with a hamstring injury.
The Germany international was forced off in the first half of Saturday’s 3-1 win over Stoke City and replaced by Hector Bellerin, himself just returning from injury.
Speaking after the game manager Arsene Wenger admitted Mustafi will miss at least three weeks with the problem, ruling him out of the games against Everton, Manchester City and West Brom.
Mustafi has been a huge success since moving to the club from Valencia in the summer, forging a strong partnership with Laurent Koscielny in the heart of the defence and he is yet to taste defeat in an Arsenal shirt.
The centre-back has taken to Instagram to reveal his disappointment at being forced onto the sidelines and says he cannot wait to get back to action.
“There’s never a right time for an injury but at that point of the season it’s extremely bitter,” he wrote. “I was looking forward to the game against my former club Everton and the clash against Manchester City.
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“I’ll do everything I can to recover as quickly as possible. Only positive thoughts on my mind because I know I’ll come back stronger than before.”
Mustafi’s absence will be a blow to the Gunners with Gabriel expected to replace the German at centre-back, although the club will have been boosted by the success return of Bellerin at the weekend after an ankle injury.