Shkodran Mustafi out for at least four weeks, Koscielny faces fitness test

Shkodran Mustafi

Shkodran Mustafi is ruled out after sustaining a thigh injury whilst on worldwide duty with Germany, while Laurent Koscielny is a doubt with an achilles tendon problem that caused him to miss the Gunners' 2-0 win over Brighton earlier in the month.

The Gunners's fine form was interrupted by the worldwide break, which saw a number of Arsenal players qualify for next year's World Cup.

Wenger has confirmed that the 25-year-old will be out for between a month and six weeks, meaning he could make his return in the north London derby against Tottenham following the final global break of 2017.

Laurent Koscielny is a doubt with an Achilles problem and faces a late fitness test on Friday. "I know I'm still a young player and I want to have my best years playing football for this club".

However, while the teams are closely matched from an historical perspective, Arsenal have dominated recent games with the Gunners gaining success in eight of the last 10 matches.


Three of them have come in the Premier League, with the draw being a very respectable 0-0 draw against Chelsea when they made a very good first of preventing the Champions from truly getting going, and in their other fixtures they managed to put aside West Brom and Brighton with a good deal of ease. At home, I think the midfield will get Watford a point.

Mesut Ozil and Danny Welbeck are available, however, after recovering from respective knee and groin issues.

Arsenal have won three of the last four editions of the FA Cup, but Watford are the only team to have beaten Arsenal in the competition since 2014.

Arsene Wenger revealed that Sanchez was in a "difficult place" after his country Chile failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. Watford returned the favour with a 2-1 win at the Emirates as Younes Kaboul and Troy Deeney beat Petr Cech within the first quarter-hour.

Sports Mole previews the Premier League match between Watford and Arsenal at Vicarage Road. Sanchez has two goals and an assist in the last two, while Ozil has a marker and two helpers in those contests.

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