Match Preview: Arsenal v Watford

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Arsenal’s recent form has been below-par. The Gunners have lost four of their last five league games and find themselves 13 points adrift of the top four. Winning the Europa League is their best chance of being in the Champions League next season and they ended a run of four defeats in all competitions when they beat AC Milan 2-0 at the San Siro in midweek.

Watford have a better record in their last five league games (W3, D1, L1) and are doing well under new manager Javi Gracia. The Hornets are ninth in the table and looking to do the league double over Arsenal after beating them at Vicarage Road in October.

Team News

Sead Kolasinac has an ankle problem but hasn’t yet been ruled out of Sunday’s game. Calum Chambers had cramp against AC Milan but should be fine to play against Watford. Hector Bellerin will not be ready for the weekend due to a knee injury. Nacho Monreal could be available for the second leg against AC Milan next Thursday. Alexandre Lacazette is still out after undergoing surgery on his knee last month.

Jose Holebas has recovered from a knock sustained against West Brom and is available for the trip to the Emirates. Kiko Femenia should return after missing the West Brom game with illness. Tom Cleverley is still recovering from a thigh injury. Christian Kabasele, Gerard Deulofeu, Younès Kaboul, Nathaniel Chalobah and Molla Wagué remain absent for the Hornets.

Prediction

Arsenal will have a spring in their step after beating AC Milan in midweek but an early goal from Watford would bring them back down to earth with a bump. The Gunners should have enough to get back to winning ways at the Emirates. My prediction is Arsenal 2-1 Watford.

Featured image credit: ctwino

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