By Joe Nelson
Arsenal will step up their pursuit of Valencia’s Shkodran Mustafi after Gabriel was ruled out until October, according to a reliable journalist.
BBC reporter David Ornstein claimed on his personal Twitter account on Tuesday afternoon that Gabriel will sidelined for between six and eight weeks with an ankle sprain.
Arsenal CB Gabriel out 6/8wks – ankle sprain. Not quite as bad as he 1st feared but #AFC stepping up pursuit of Valencia's Shkodran Mustafi
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) August 9, 2016
But Ornstein, who is a reliable supplier of Arsenal news, claimed Arsene Wenger will now accelerate the club’s bid to land a new defender ahead of the Premier League season.
Wenger has admitted that he is scouring the market for a new centre-back, although midfielder enforcer Francis Coquelin is being considered as a stop-gap option in addition to rookie pair Calum Chambers and Rob Holding.
Arsenal’s interest in Germany has been widely reported in the last few weeks even though he has a release clause of £42million.
Germany international Mustafi has won 12 caps for his country after establishing himself as a regular for his La Liga side since his transfer from Sampdoria in 2014.
The former Everton academy graduate featured for the World Cup winners at Euro 2016 and scored in the opening match against Ukraine, which his team won 2-0.
Mustafi has three years left on his current deal in Germany but could be tempted by a move to the Premier League.
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