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Trigger Warning: Shkodran Mustafi in line to start this weekend, and other Arsenal injury news

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This isn’t a joke, unfortunately.

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Shkodran Mustafi (!!!) is in line to start (!!!) a very crucial match away at Everton this weekend, as Unai Emery confirmed what was previously known earlier this week that Laurent Koscielny – along with teammate Granit Xhaka – will be put through his paces tomorrow in training to determine if he is fit to play at Goodison Park.

Sigh.

Emery said in his pre-match press conference earlier today: “We are waiting on tomorrow’s training; some players – Xhaka, Koscielny – didn’t train with us today. They are working with physios.”

The good news is that Aaron Ramsey trained today with the rest of the squad, which is a relief to most as his form and presence in the lineup, along with Mesut Ozil, has been crucial the run of great form as of late. Unlike others who need not to be named.

Arsenal has been, for a lack of better terms, stale butt away from the Emirates. While they have the second-most points earned (44; joint with Liverpool) in their own ground this season in the league, they have paired that with a measly 19 points captured out of 14 matches away. Again, the form has been quite excellent as of late, but with five out of the last seven league matches away Arsenal need to not only turn this nasty little habit of dropping points when visiting other clubs but also have as many regular starters available for selection. This means that, Christ almighty, Shkodran Mustafi (fuck! shit! goddammit!) needs absolutely be as far away from the field of play as possible.

Listen, the guy seems to be a genuinely fun person to be around. But he’s also produced a whole lotta ass and poop whenever he’s been named to start matches:

Whatever. I’m already prepping myself for a Mustafi Masterclass if Koscielny isn’t fit to go. The only question at this point is: how?