According to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, the Gunners German centre-back Shkodran Mustafi could be out of action for up to six weeks through a hamstring injury. Mustafi picked up the injury while on international duty with his national team and looks set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
Was in decent form in recent weeks
Mustafi’s future with Arsenal was in major doubt in the summer. The former Valencia defender was heavily linked with a move to Italian giants Inter. However, the speculation came to nothing and he stayed in north London.
To be fair to the centre-back he has been in decent form of late. He was part of an Arsenal defence that kept four clean sheets in a row in the Premier League, including at champions Chelsea in a goalless draw.
Mustafi contribution cannot be underestimated and he will be missed at the heart of the Gunners defence. I never thought I would say that after some unconvincing displays both last season and at the start of this season.
It is a shame that the German international has sustained the injury, as he may just have begun playing like the centre-back that Arsenal fans hoped they had signed, the solid centre-back, who the team can rely on to produce when it matters.
Holding could come into the team
When one door shuts, another one opens, well for young defender Rob Holding that could be the case. With French international Laurent Koscielny still a doubt for the game against Watford on Saturday evening, the former Bolton star could start at the heart of the Gunners defence.
Holding has shown the good and bad sides of his game so far in an Arsenal shirt. He is definitely talented and looks to have many of the attributes needed to be a top centre-back. He is still raw though, but he will only get better by gaining first-team experience.
Interesting to see how Arsenal copes
The Gunners have looked much more solid at the back in recent games; those four consecutive clean sheets in the Premier League illustrate that perfectly. However, Mustafi played a big part in those defensive displays, so it will be interesting to see how the Arsenal backline does without the German.
Hopefully, Arsene Wenger’s side can pick up another victory and a clean sheet at Vicarage Road and continue their recent good form.
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