Arsenal are set to be with out Shkodran Mustafi for Saturday’s Premier League match towards Watford because the defender’s thigh damage continues to be assessed, in keeping with widespread reviews on Tuesday.
Mustafi suffered the muscle drawback whereas on worldwide responsibility with Germany towards Azerbaijan because the holders secured their place on the 2018 World Cup on the again of 10 straight qualifying wins in Group C.
Coach Joachim Low mentioned the defender had suffered a extreme muscle damage that “will most likely pressure him to have an prolonged layoff.”
Whereas Mustafi will probably be absent at Vicarage Street, the total extent of the damage continues to be being assessed.
Nacho Monreal is predicted to be accessible, however Laurent Koscielny has been nursing a hard Achilles which flared up earlier than the worldwide break, whereas Calum Chambers is recovering from a groin drawback.
Rob Holding, who performed towards Brighton alongside Koscielny, and veteran German Per Mertesacker are different choices to come back in for Mustafi.
Arsenal, although, could possibly be boosted by the return of playmaker Mesut Ozil from a knee damage and in addition England ahead Danny Welbeck, who has now resumed full coaching after a groin drawback sustained in the course of the goalless draw at Chelsea on Sept. 17.
Following two defeats from their opening three Premier League matches, Arsenal are unbeaten by way of seven outings in all competitions, with 4 successive victories.