Arsene Wenger confirms Shkodran Mustafi facing up to six weeks out

Mustafi was ruled out for the match against Watford with a hamstring injury

Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi will be sidelined for up to six weeks with a hamstring injury.

The Gunners go to Vicarage Road for a potential banana-skin clash against Marco Silva's impressive Hornets outfit. The Germany global could be sidelined for up to six weeks.

"I don't think he'll be available before the next global break [in November]", Wenger said.

The last thing that Wenger would want is to only have three fit central defenders for three trips away from home in the space of just over a week.

"We've lost Mustafi for about four to six weeks", said Gunners manager Arsene Wenger. "First of all, I was not sure he would play". "I would say if we had to play we should not play after 2 p.m. We have to cope with that now".

Koscielny's possible return has taken added importance this week amid Shkodran Mustafi's definite absence following a thigh injury while playing for Germany that is expected to result in a relatively long-term issue. If he is out then Wenger will be in even further trouble. I have concern. I will decide tomorrow what I will do.

The Arsenal boss provided a glimmer of hope to Arsenal fans regarding Laurent Koscielny's return and revealed that the Frenchman will undergo a fitness test on Friday to determine his availability for Saturday. "He worked quite hard physically, he looks like he is capable of playing if he survives the test".

'If he has no pain on his Achilles tendon he will play'. "I will decide that tomorrow".

'At the moment he is not available. But he trained on his own and the first signs are positive.

"Kolasinac is a minor problem, a hip problem".

Nacho Monreal is certain to keep his place at the back while Rob Holding is favourite to retain his position ahead of Per Mertesacker.

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