Injury boost: Arsenal defender fit to take on Watford

Ross Houston
October 12, 2017

The German suffered a hamstring injury in his country's victory over Azerbaijan and will now be sidelined for around four to six weeks.

Wenger gave a prognosis of four to six weeks, meaning that Mustafi could return after the next worldwide break, but the Gunners boss will be keen to ensure that Mustafi is available for the Christmas period.

And the former Bournemouth and Bolton loanee is hopeful that run can start when the Premier League resumes this weekend, with north Londoners travelling to Watford, having returned to the best physical shape of his career.


The Gunners make the trip to Vicarage Road for the late kick-off on Saturday (5.30pm) and Arsene Wenger has plenty of injury concerns, most notably Shkodran Mustafi.

Wenger said forward Danny Welbeck (groin) and midfielder Mesut Ozil (knee) had recovered from their injures and were training, while defender Sead Kolasinac had a minor hip problem. Sanchez won't be back with us until tomorrow.

"Koscielny will have a final test tomorrow but at the moment he is not available".


The Italian-owned side are seriously impressing this season, and will pose a tough task for our boys, despite our top form coming into the match.

"I will have to speak to him", Wenger said.

Asked about Mustafi on Thursday, Wenger confirmed to the media: 'We have lost Mustafi for about four to six weeks.


"It's always hard. The player I expected to lose the least during the break was Mustafi, because first of all I was not sure if he would play and secondly Germany were already qualified so you didn't expect him to be out injured because the games would be less intense". "I am more concerned that yesterday afternoon I watched the whole game Brazil against Chile to see how hard the game was and I must say he got some special treatment in this game".

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