Arsene Wenger delivers injury update on Shkodran Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny

Watford have impressed me this season and now they will be tested once again as they take on Arsenal at home. Mustafi is expected to be sidelined at least a month with a thigh injury suffered while playing for Germany during the worldwide break. The Gunners defeated Brighton by a 2-0 score line a fortnight ago and are on a four game winning run. Nacho Monreal and Alex Iwobi were both on target for the Gunners.

However, Arsene Wenger lost centre-back Shkodran Mustafi to injury during the worldwide break, with the German likely to be replaced by Rob Holding at the back.

Both sides have a number of injuries heading into the game, but Arsenal's squad depth could be a major deciding factor.

Marco Silva's side drew 2-2 at West Brom with Abdoulaye Doucoure netting the other.

The Gunners will begin the weekend just 1 point above their opponents.

Arsenal have won three of the last four editions of the FA Cup, but Watford are the only team to have beaten Arsenal in the competition since 2014.

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Watford are definitely going to be without Isaac Success, who's set to be out for some time following a knee injury, and also Younes Kaboul for this clash.

Francis Coquelin is available after recovering from a hamstring injury.

Jack Wilshere could start after Wenger admitted that the midfielder was "in the best form in a long time".

Alexis Sanchez is another doubt with more of his mental condition rather than his fitness.

While all of his Premier League goals so far have come at the Emirates Stadium, the 26-year-old is primed to make an impact on the road and with Ozil back pulling the strings, he should be effective in front of goal on Saturday. Shkodran Mustafi became the first new addition to the treatment table after picking up a thigh problem while playing for Germany, a setback that is expected to keep him out for six weeks.

If both defenders are unavailable, Wenger will have to turn to back-up options Per Mertesacker and Rob Holding to fill the void, as Calum Chambers also remains sidelined with a hip injury.

  • Tabitha Byrd