According to the Telegraph, Laurent Koscielny’s recurring Achilles injury could see him miss further games after the Interlull.
The France international missed the 2-0 win over Brighton with the problem and has been undergoing rehabilitation in London throughout the last 10 days. Despite initially being selected by Didier Deschamps, he dropped out of his country’s final two World Cup qualifiers.
Koscielny’s participation in the game against Watford on Saturday remains in doubt, a concern that’s exacerbated by an injury sustained by Shkodran Mustafi in Germany’s win over Albania.
So far this season, Arsene Wenger’s preference has been to field Koscielny and Mustafi alongside Nacho Monreal in the centre of defence. In light of the shortage, and with games coming thick and fast, Rob Holding, Per Mertesacker and Calum Chambers, himself nursing a hip injury, could be called upon.
In better news, both Mesut Ozil and Danny Welbeck are on the mend after knee and groin problems respectively. The duo will provide competition for places up front with Alexis, Olivier Giroud, Alex Iwobi and Theo Walcott also in contention.