Wenger facing major injury headache ahead of Watford clash


Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi has been ruled out of action for up to six weeks after sustaining a thigh injury on worldwide duty.

Arsenal will be looking to maintain their winning run when they take on Watford FC in the Premier League this weekend.

The Arsenal boss has admitted Sead Kolasinac is also struggling with a hip problem suffered playing for Bosnia.

It means Mustafi isn't expected to be available before the November global break and will therefore miss Arsenal's next seven games including Premier League fixtures against Watford, Everton, Swansea and Manchester City.

"Kolasinac is a minor problem, a hip problem". But he trained on his own and the first signs are positive.

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Wenger added: "The player I expected to lose the least during the break was Mustafi".

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

Koscielny has had the problem for many seasons and though he has not yet resumed full training, he is set to return to action with the squad ahead of Saturday's game.

Alexis Sanchez will be assessed when he returns from global duty after he received "special treatment" following Chile's 3-0 defeat to Brazil.