Arsenal vs Watford Match Preview.

02/04/2016 10:18


It only seems like yesterday that we were facing Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. That 2-1 victory over the Gunners to seal our progression to the Semi Final of the FA Cup, will live long in the memory for Watford fans.


But this weekend, the Hornets will return to North London to face Arsene Wenger's men. This time it will be in the Premier League, with Quique Sanchez Flores' man looking to bounce back from a poor run of results in the top flight and hoping to emulate their heroic performance at the Emirates just a few weeks ago.


Three defeats in a row in the league means that Watford have dropped to 14th place in the table, although a win over the Gunners on Saturday, yes I am ever the optimist, could see the Hornets move back up to 11th place depending on results. A draw would see the Golden Boys move up to 13th place, should AFC Bournemouth lose this weekend.


Arsenal, on the other hand, currently sit in 3rd place in the table with their title hopes hanging by a thread, due to an 11-point gap to Premier League leaders Leicester City. The Gunners have won just two of their last five in the top flight and are in desperate need of a win over the Golden Boys if they want to keep their slim chances of winning the Premier League alive.


It has been another indifferent season for the Gunners, with fans growing restless with manager, Arsene Wenger with the North London club heading to yet another season that has ended without any silverware.


Wenger's men started the season brightly, but similarly to Manchester City, they have faltered of late, losing to Chelsea, Swansea and Manchester United in the past couple of months


With a talented squad of Arsenal's, there comes expectation. With this being one of the most open and exciting season's in years, some thought this was the best chance Arsenal had of winning the league in years.


With the Gunners out of the FA Cup and Champions League and with their title hopes now hanging by a thread, there is certainly unrest among Arsenal supporters.


The key player for the Gunners this weekend will be Mesut Ozil. The German playmaker is something of a creator in chief for Arsene Wenger's men, with him having the most assists to his name so far this season.


Ozil has been one of the Gunners' star performers this season and he is consistently showing the form which persuaded Real Madrid to purchase him in 2013.


This weekend's match will undoubtedly be one of the toughest away matches of the season for Quique Sanchez Flores' men. With Arsenal looking to keep their flickering title hopes alive and hoping to gain revenge over the
Hornets after being dumped out of the FA Cup by the Golden Boys, the Gunners will undoubtedly be firing on all cylinders.


The Hornets will most certainly have to replicate their performance at the Emirates a few weeks ago if they want to have any chance of getting a point, let alone three.


Team news


For Arsenal, the Gunners will be boosted by the news that Petr Cech is fit to return. Jack Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky have returned to training but the game comes too soon for them. Santi Cazorla, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and Aaron Ramsey are all out.


For Watford, Valon Behrami is a doubt though illness. Joel Ekstrand and Tommie Hoban are still out.


Predicted team line-ups


Arsenal - Cech (GK), Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny ©, Monreal, Elneny, Coquelin, Sanchez, Ozil, Iwobi, Welbeck. 


Watford - Gomes (GK), Nyom, Cathcart, Britos, Ake, Amrabat, Watson, Capoue, Jurado, Deeney ©, Ighalo.


Referee - Anthony Taylor.