Arsene Wenger has ruled Shkodran Mustafi out of Sunday’s game with Southampton, but says the German international could return for West Ham on Wednesday.
The 25 year old limped off early during the 3-1 defeat to Manchester United last weekend with what the manager described as a small thigh problem.
However, in a team news update ahead of the trip to St Mary’s, Wenger says Mustafi will not be involved.
“The only one out at the moment is Mustafi,” he said.
“He is certainly not available for Sunday. There’s a little chance of him coming back for West Ham, but he will not be available for Sunday.”
Cynics will point to the Frenchman saying something very similar about Alexandre Lacazette before the United game but this does seem quite definitive.
Theo Walcott, fresh from a goal and a good performance in the 6-0 win over BATE Borisov, will also be available to face his old club if selected in the squad.
“He had a little tight calf and that’s why I took him off,” said Wenger, “but he looked alright after the game.”