Arsenal injury news: Arsene Wenger faces defensive crisis as stalwart ruled out of Watford clash

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Arsene Wenger will be without Shkodran Mustafi for Arsenal’s tie with Watford this weekend after the defender picked up a thigh injury on international duty with Germany. The club’s website stated that Laurent Koscielny is also a major doubt following an Achilles tendon problem suffered earlier this month.

This almost certainly will mean Rob Holding will start the game but alongside who?

Per Mertesacker would be the natural selection although Wenger has decided to play Nacho Monreal at centre-half on several occasions.

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Gabriel Paulista’s move to Valencia during the summer transfer window has come back to bite the Gunners after they failed to recruit a replacement.

Shkodran Mustafi injured whilst playing for Germany

Sead Kolasinac is also a slight doubt although Wenger assures the Arsenal faithful he is more likely to start than not.

Arsenal sit fifth in the league with four wins in their first seven games, already six points behind joint leaders Manchester City and Manchester United.

They travel to Vicarage Road to take on the Hornets in the evening kick-off on this Saturday.

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