Far from the shambolic defending witnessed at Anfield earlier this season, Arsenal have been arguably the most defensively resilient side in the Premier League in recent weeks.
Since the 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Liverpool, they’ve recorded four consecutive clean sheets in the top flight – most notably against a Chelsea side boasting Alvaro Morata in attack.
However, Arsenal’s chances of maintaining that impressive run when they travel to Vicarage Road to face Watford this weekend have taken a significant blow.
Defender Shkodran Mustafi, who started all four of those games, suffered an injury on international duty as Germany beat Azerbaijan on Sunday.
Although the extent of his injury is unknown, it’s believed to be a hamstring problem which usually means a few weeks on the sidelines at the very least.
Mustafi has been ruled out of this weekends trip to Vicarage Road although there has been no time frame placed on his potential return. #AFC
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) October 10, 2017
And journalist Ben Dinnery, whose injury expertise have seen him work with Sky Sports, The Telegraph, Physio Room and Premier Injuries amongst others, claims Mustafi has now been ruled out of the match with Watford on Saturday.
How much will that affect Arsenal’s chances of beating the Hornets, whose impressive early-season form has moved them to eighth in the table? Let us know by commenting below…