Watford have made an impressive start to the season under new manager Marco Silva. The Hornets have lost just one of their seven matches so far this season (W3, D3) and that was the 6-0 thrashing by Manchester City who are seemingly unstoppable. Richarlison has been one of Watford’s best players, scoring late and important goals which has earned high praise from his manager who calls him a “huge talent”.
Since the last international break when they were thrashed 4-0 by Liverpool, Arsenal are unbeaten (W3, D1). The Gunners have improved and got their season back on track. Arsene Wenger is up for the Barclays Manger of the Month award for September. However, there is always a suspicion that Arsenal will lose again just when everything seems to be going well.
Watford manager Marco Silva will assess the fitness of André Carrillo when the winger returns from international duty with Peru.
Sebastian Prödl is still doubtful after the hamstring injury he picked up during the last round of international matches, while Younès Kaboul is out of the Arsenal game with the leg injury he sustained against Southampton.
Isaac Success is expected to be out for six to eight weeks with a knee injury sustained in training.
Arsenal’s Sead Kolasinac has a minor hip problem while Shkodran Mustafi has been ruled out for four to six weeks due to a torn thigh muscle sustained on international duty with Germany.
Laurent Koscielny will have a final fitness test on Friday but he is still struggling with a long-term Achilles problem.
Both Mesut Ozil and Danny Welbeck are training with the group and available for selection.
This won’t be an easy away fixture for Arsenal, especially with Watford’s start to the season. My prediction is Watford 1-2 Arsenal.