Arsenal are set to be without the service of Shkodran Mustafi for Saturday’s Premier League clash against Watford at the Vicarage Road as the German’s thigh injury continues to be assessed, according to reports on Tuesday.
The 25-year-old suffered the muscle problem while on international duty with Germany against Azerbaijan as the world champions secured their place at the 2018 World cup on the back of 10 straight qualifying wins in Group C.
Germany boss Joachim Low said the defender had suffered a severe muscle injury that “will probably force him to have an extended layoff.”
While Mustafi will not be available when we face ‘The Hornets’, the full extent of the injury still being assessed.
Meanwhile, Nacho Monreal is expected to be available, but Laurent Koscielny has been nursing a terrible Achilles which showed up before the international break, while Calum Chambers is recovering from a groin problem.
Rob Holding, who played against Brighton & Hove Albion alongside Koscielny, and Per Mertesacker are other replacements to come in for Mustafi.
However, Arsenal have been handed a boost by the return of playmaker Mesut Ozil from a knee injury and also England forward Danny Welbeck, who has now resumed full training after a groin injury sustained during our goalless draw against Chelsea on September, 17.
Following the two defeats from our opening three EPL matches, we are unbeaten through seven games across all competitions, with four straight wins.