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David Ornstein confirms Arsenal interest in Mustafi transfer

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Gabriel’s injury’s not as bad as first feared, but it may still require an addition to the squad.

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The Ornacle is coming at us early today, with some news on Arsenal’s back line. Mostly good-ish news too, for once, on a couple of fronts.

First of all, we have something of a diagnosis on Gabriel’s injury which forced him out of the team’s final friendly of the summer against Manchester City. Despite fears that it could be something catastrophic, it appears that it’s merely pretty bad. It’s an ankle sprain – evidently no breaks or tears involved – and will “only” keep the defender out for 6-8 weeks. That’s better than three or four months, so I suppose I’ll take it.

The solution chosen by Arsène Wenger looks like it’s coming in the form of Shkodran Mustafi. Yesterday Matt Law reported that Mustafi was the current top of the priority list, and Ornstein appears to confirm that, saying Arsenal are “stepping up” their pursuit of the player. Based on what I know of him, Mustafi looks like a good mix of youth and experience, so I say full steam ahead.