Shkodran Mustafi: Arsenal defender to miss FA Cup final with injury

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Image: Shkodran Mustafi missed the 2017 final win over Chelsea through illness

Arsenal have confirmed Shkodran Mustafi has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a hamstring problem - meaning the defender will miss a second FA Cup final for the Gunners.

The 28-year-old has enjoyed something of a career renaissance at the Emirates Stadium since Mikel Arteta took charge in December.

Often a divisive figure among Arsenal supporters, Mustafi became an integral part of Arteta's side - starting all-but two of their last 14 Premier League games prior to his injury.

The Germany international was forced off late on in Arsenal's 2-0 FA Cup semi-final win over Manchester City.

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Arteta said on Thursday that Mustafi would be doubtful for the final against Chelsea on August 1, with the club announcing a day later that he is definitely sidelined.

In their weekly team news bulletin, Arsenal's assessment of Mustafi read: "Right hamstring sustained during FA Cup semi-final on Saturday.

"Will miss remaining matches of this season. Further details on recovery programme will be confirmed in the coming days."

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Mustafi was also forced to watch on from the sidelines as Arsenal beat Chelsea in the 2017 FA Cup final, missing the victory through illness.

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