Arsene Wenger aims subtle swipe at Joachim Low after Shkodran Mustafi's injury

Arsene Wenger aims subtle swipe at Joachim Low after Shkodran Mustafi's injury

Arsene Wenger aims subtle swipe at Joachim Low after Shkodran Mustafi's injury

Laurent Koscielny is preparing to ease Arsenal's injury problems at centre-back on Saturday by returning for the match against Watford, despite only limited first-team training.

With Calum Chambers also sidelined through injury it could mean Arsenal go into the Watford match without four senior defenders.

The Gunners are unbeaten since their loss to Liverpool at the end of August, but going into the game against the Hornets, they could be without two of their key defenders in Shkodran Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny.

Kolasinac only managed one half while in action for Bosnia-Herzegovina against Belgium due to a hip injury, while Koscielny is set for a late fitness test on an Achilles injury.

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The Cottagers, who are 10/11 (1.91) favourites to beat the Lilywhites, are unbeaten in five meetings with Preston and won back-to-back matches before the global break, so they go into the game in strong form and have a great chance of doing their bit for the treble.

GETTYArsene Wenger's Arsenal take on Watford on Saturday afternoon (5.30pm) Kolasinac is a minor problem, a hip problem.

Asked about Mustafi on Thursday, Wenger confirmed to the media: 'We have lost Mustafi for about four to six weeks.

'He didn't play in their first game and we lost him in the second - we have to cope with that now'. I think about sorting out the problem, but overall I will decide completely tomorrow the line-up because Koscielny will have a test.

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He missed Arsenal's game against Brighton, and according to The Telegraph, he is yet to return to full training and could miss the trip to Vicarage Road as well.

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

"I will have to speak to him", Wenger said.

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