Mustafi faces race against time

07 December 2017 02:57:21 GMTPlus11

Shkodran Mustafi could miss Arsenal's Premier League trip to Southampton on Sunday because of a muscular injury.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger may opt to rest either Rob Holding or Per Mertesacker for Thursday's Europa League clash with BATE Borisov, which Arsenal are 1.28 to win, so that they are fresh for the visit to St Mary's.

Mohamed Elneny has played as a central defender in the Europa League this season and is set to start against the side from Belarus.

Mustafi did not train with his team-mates on Thursday while Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud and Jack Wilshere are all set to start against BATE Borisov. Walcott is 2.10 to score at any time in the match.

Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Alexandre Lacazette are all expected to be rested. The Gunners have already secured top spot in Group H and won the reverse fixture in Belarus 4-2.

Meanwhile, Wenger insists he will do everything he can to ensure his team win the Europa League this season. They can be backed at 7.00 to do so.

He said: "I think we have a chance to win it, let's give it a chance. It's like the FA Cup, we go straight now to direct knockout so it's important we give it a go."

Arsenal can be backed at 2.37 to finish in the Premier League's top four this season.

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