Arsenal have been hit with a grave setback, losing Germany international Shkodan Mustafi to a hamstring injury.
Mustafi was subbed halfway during their clash with Fulham. The Gunners bounced back to winning ways on Tuesday, heavily whipping Fulham 5-1, putting them back on course for a top four finish this term.
But the blow suffered by Mustafi could cause them to stumble backwards with games coming thick and fast this January.
Emery has been restricted from signing defensive reinforcements according to the BBC and will have to wait until next summer before he can put his bid on any player.
Mustafi injury has been described as short term and he should be up and about soon.
“Mustafi suffers another setback: “It’s a small injury, a small problem. He didn’t feel well after the 1st half and said for us to change. It’s not a big injury. He wanted to play today to help us, so maybe we can give him a few days rest to help us. Yes [it’s a hamstring].” Tweeted Ben Dinnery.
With Mustafi trimmed out of the squad, and games against Blackpool in the FA Cup, West Ham, Chelsea and Cardiff City in the Premier League on the horizon, Unai Emery will have to tinker things well if the German is not back on the field within those periods.