Arsenal’s yearly battle with injuries has arrived just on schedule, as Arsene Wenger faces a trip down to Vicarage Road without seven first team players.
It’s a disatrous preparation for the Frenchman as he heads into the teatime fixture with Marco Silva’s side, who could end Arsenal’s shot unbeaten run of form.
According to IBT, seven first team player will miss the trip to the Vicarage Road this Saturday, with Shkodran Mustafi the latest Gunners’ defender star to pick up an injury whilst on international break.
Mustafi was carted off for Germany in their World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan, with what seem to be a muscle injury.
Germany boss, Joachim Low revealed it an apparent tear, which could see Mustafi sidelined for a lengthy time. It’s a huge blow to the German who was steadily finding his place back into the side after a summer flirt with an exit to Internazionale.
Injured Laurent Koscielny is the other defender of the three-headed defence that Arsene Wenger is also going to be without, as his compatriot recovers from an Achilles injury that kept him out his Arsenal’s win against Brighton.
According to the Telegraph, the British tabloid reported that Koscielny has yet to return to full training, thus, Wenger will have to turn, Per Mertesacker and Rob Holding to keep the Hornets’ at bay.
All is not that bad for Wenger, as he received positive news that trio; Mesut Özil, Danny Welbeck and Francis Coquelin are edging closer to their return to the team. It won’t be enough to make it to the matchday squad come Saturday, though, the trio will be able to partake in the team’s full training.
Other notable injuries include, long time absentee, Santi Cazorla and Callum Chambers. The Spaniard who hasn’t featured for the side since last October, is still recovering from multiple surgeries, and is not expected back until after Christmas. Whereas, Chambers is sidelined nursing a hip injury.