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Arsenal boss to make late fitness decision on key defender


 Arsenal boss to make late fitness decision on key defender

Mustafi could miss FA Cup final with concussion

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will have a tough decision to make on the fitness of defender Shkodran Mustafi ahead of tomorrow's FA Cup clash against Chelsea.

The German international suffered concussion symptoms following the 2-0 win over relegated Sunderland, and this saw him miss the final league game of the season against Everton.

According to The Mirror, the World Cup winner will undergo a late fitness test to assess whether he will take part in the Wembley showpiece.

The FA regulations currently state that a player will not be risked unless he fully overcomes his concussion and Wenger is likely to have a discussion with the medical team prior to Saturday's final.

Mustafi's absence is likely to create a huge void in the Gunners defence which is already without the likes of Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel - one through suspension and the other through injury.

Meanwhile, club captain Per Mertesacker could be risked on Saturday in a three-man backline although he has featured in just one Premier League game - that being the curtain closer.