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Joachim Low: injured Shkodran Mustafi set for “extended layoff”

KAISERSLAUTERN, GERMANY – OCTOBER 08: Shkodran Mustafi of Germany walks injured off the field during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Germany and Azerbaijan at Fritz-Walter-Stadion on October 8, 2017 in Kaiserslautern, Rhineland-Palatinate. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Germany national coach Joachim Low says that Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi is expected to be sidelined for some time after the German international was forced to limp out of Germany’s 5-1 World Cup qualifying win over Azerbaijan on Sunday.

Mustafi, 24, pulled up clutching his right thigh in the 36th minute of the match just before Azerbaijan scored their only goal in the match through Ramil Sheydaev and Low later confirmed he sustained a suspected muscle injury.

“With Mustafi it seems that it is some muscle tear or some muscle fibre tear,” Low said. “It looks a bit more serious. In any case it could force him to a longer break.”

Bayern Munich’s Niklas Sule was also substituted in the 22nd minute as a precaution, with Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger coming on in his place.

Having already secured their place in Russia next year with victory over Northern Ireland, Leon Goretzka’s brilliant backheel sent Germany on their way to victory at the Fritz-Walter-Stadion in Kaiserslautern on Sunday. Sandro Wagner also continued his fine form by scoring his fifth goal in five caps as Germany topped Group C.

Despite Seydaev’s equaliser, Azerbaijan fell apart after the break, conceding three times in 12 minutes from Wagner, Antonio Rudiger and Goretzka, with Emre Can adding a stunning late fifth.

Germany finished 11 points clear of Northern Ireland, whom they beat 3-1 in Belfast on Thursday to reach Russia, with a 100% record.

But on club level, with Laurent Koscielny having pulled out of France’s squad last week with an achilles injury and Calum Chambers yet to feature this season due to a hip problem, any enforced absence would be a potential headache for Arsene Wenger before Saturday’s trip to Watford.

Premier League top fives: summer transfers 2016/17

Premier League clubs spent a record £1.165bn within the summer transfer window, which closed on its Wednesday deadline.

The average gross expenditures for a Premier League club in the 2016 summer window was about £60m, with thirteen clubs out of 20 clubs breaking their own transfer records.

Here’s a look at the five most expensive signings:

  1. Paul Pogba

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 19: Paul Pogba of Manchester United applauds the fans after the Premier League match between Manchester United and Southampton at Old Trafford on August 19, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Juventus to Manchester United

Fee: £89 million

Most expensive player in association football

Even if he hasn’t found it mark in his first three games, Paul Pogba could very well take pride in becoming the world’s most expensive footballer ahead of the likes of Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Also, in return for the gargantuan fee to bring him back to Old Trafford, the French International has more than repaid the Red devils after it was revealed his shirt sales have reached £190 million in just three weeks. To put that in context, Premier League club West Bromwich Albion F.C. was sold for £150 million last month.

  1. John Stones


Everton to Manchester City

Fee: £47.5 million

Second most expensive defender ever

While his transfer fee is less than half of what the Red half of Manchester spent on Pogba, John Sones has still manage to put his name in the books by becoming the second most expensive defender after David Luiz.

In a bizzare gaffe by officials at City, Stones was named in the club’s official Champions League squad list published on the UEFA website even before the transfer was confirmed.

After the incident, the 22-year-old England International signed a six-year deal with City to become the eighth signing under Pep Guardiola.

  1. Leroy Sane


Schalke 04 to Manchester City

Fee: £37 million

20-year-old Leroy Sane is another Guardiola signing, joining City under a five-year contract. He also scored eight goals in 33 Bundesliga appearances last season as Schalke 04 finished fifth. He had been included in the German squad for Euro 2016, but played for just 11 minutes against France in the semi-final as his team lost 2-0.

  1. Granit Xhaka


Borussia Monchengladbach to Arsenal

Fee: £35 million

Even before his time in the German League, Xhaka, 23, has already made his mark alongside FC Basel before making a move to Monchengladbach. There, he scored six goals in 108 Bundesliga appearances, and went on to make over 40 caps for Switzerland. He was also captain of the German club, a rare trait for a player of his age.

  1. Shkodran Mustafi


Valencia to Arsenal

Fee: £35 million

After a near summer-long pursuit by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, Germany’s Mustafi, 24, becomes Arsenal’s sixth summer signing. The signing fee for the central defender could very well indicate that contrary to criticism, the London club is not quite in transfer limbo.