Shkodran Mustafi expected to miss Saturday's game v Watford with thigh injury

Laurent Koscielny in action for Arsenal
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Koscielny, on the other hand, skipped the recent worldwide break to recover from an Achilles injury that has been a long-standing issue for the France defender.

The Scot suggested that Arsenal are being left behind by the likes of his former team, Chelsea, the Manchester clubs and our north London rivals Tottenham, so perhaps Wenger should use this to make sure the Gunners go to Watford and prove Dalglish wrong by going back above Liverpool on Saturday evening.

Arsenal have had plenty of injury problems with their defenders in recent seasons, but their switch to three at the back has at least limited the impact of some of those absences, with the likes of Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac impressing in the new-look formation.

Wenger could not hide his disappointment at losing a defender he had counted on for the last few games.

'I didn't expect him to play and Germany had already qualified.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits they may not see Shkodran Mustafi until the New Year.

The Gunners have numerous defensive concerns ahead of Saturday's Premier League encounter, with Mustafi having picked up a long-term injury while playing for Germany while Koscielny has been out with an Achilles problem. If he is out then Wenger will be in even further trouble.

'If he has no pain on his Achilles tendon he will play'.

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

Midfield: Sead Kolasinac is a minor doubt with a hip injury but the Bosnian worldwide is expected to be available while Hector Bellerin should keep his place on the opposite flank.

"Not all the players are back. He trained on his own and the signs were positive so we will test him on Friday".

Silva said: "Tomorrow we will do the first session after he's back this afternoon".

Wenger said contract talks with German global Ozil, who is in the final year of his deal, were progressing well.

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