Mesut Ozil is set to be ruled out of Arsenal’s home clash against Huddersfield on Saturday as he continues to struggle with a back injury.
The 30-year-old midfielder has missed the past four matches, having been left out for the win at Bournemouth before suffering back spasms which ruled him out of the Europa League clash against Vorskla Poltava, Sunday’s win over Tottenham and last night’s 2-2 draw at Manchester United.
Arsenal head coach Unai Emery confirmed this week that Ozil was training away from the first-team group but it is understood he is unlikely to be able to start the League match against Huddersfield this weekend and could once again miss out altogether.
Rob Holding was stretchered off with what Emery described as a “big” knee injury and is being assessed at London Colney to determine the extent of the damage. Holding has been Arsenal’s main stay defender so far this season and had impressed in his performances thus far.
Unai Emery will however be encouraged by the progress made by Club captain Laurent Koscielny as he comes back from a long term ankle injury.
Koscielny’s last game competitive Match was the Europa League semi-final second-leg defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Wanda Metropolitano, when he last just 12 minutes before being taken off with an injury and replaced by Calum Chambers.
He will be available for the Europa League clash next Thursday but remains out of the Huddersfield clash at the Emirates on Thursday. Granit Xhaka, who was suspended for Wednesday draw at Old Trafford will be available for selection though Matteo Guendouzi who replace him in the starting line line up never put a foot wrong wrong against Mourinho’s men.