Wenger admits to concerns over defence amid injury crisis

Wenger admits to concerns over defence amid injury crisis

Wenger admits to concerns over defence amid injury crisis

Mustafi injured his thigh on global duty with Germany and it was not clear how long he would be sidelined for until manager Arsene Wenger confirmed today that it was approximately one month.

Mustafi was forced off in the first half of Germany's 5-1 World Cup qualifying victory over Azerbaijan on Sunday and is not expected to return until after the next worldwide break.

The playmaker was rested by Germany during the worldwide break, meaning Ozil could return to action against the Hornets, but faces a battle for a starting spot.

"Ozil and Welbeck have come back to full training".

Consequently, manager Arsene Wenger has concerns about how his defence will look for Saturday's Premier League trip to Watford.

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"Koscielny has a definite final test tomorrow but at the moment he is not available".

Losing Kolasinac would represent a major blow to Arsenal and along with the loss of Mustafi and injury to Laurent Koscielny, Arsenal have some problems defensively.

"I haven't seen everybody because some players are coming back today, some even tomorrow like Alexis Sanchez", Wenger said on Thursday, when questioned about injuries picked up during the worldwide break. I will decide that tomorrow. We will check him today. He worked quite hard physically, he looks like he is capable of playing if he survives the test. "Mentally, I will have to assess the situation when he comes back tomorrow". "He trained on his own and the signs were positive so we will test him on Friday".

Arsenal centre-back Laurent Koscielny is said to be nearing a return to full fitness from his Achilles issue, with the Frenchman reportedly set to return to the team for the match against Watford on Saturday.

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