Watford vs Arsenal – Preview

Watford host Arsenal as the Premier League returns after the international break on Saturday, with the Gunners searching for their fifth victory of the season at Vicrage Road.

Arsenal who are unbeaten in seven games in all competitions, haven’t conceded in the Premier League since their 4-0 defeat by Liverpool in August.

Watford’s impressive start to the season sees them in eighth, but they are yet to win a home match.


Team news :


Arsene Wenger will assess Alexis Sanchez’s physical and mental fitness ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Watford. Sanchez only arrived back in London on  Thursday after missing out on World Cup qualification with Chile.


Mesut Ozil and Danny Welbeck are back overcoming knee and groin injuries respectively and could start the match as well.

Shkodran Mustafi recently suffered a thigh injury and is set to be out for four to six weeks. Kolasinac and Koscielny will have a late fitness test. Francis Coquelin(hamstring), Calum Chambers(hip) and Santi Cazorla (ankle) are all out.


Mesut Ozil is back after a knee injury and could feature in the match.


Watford manager ,  Marcos Silva , will take a late decision on the fitness of Andre Carrilo before the match. Isaac Success has been ruled out for six to eight weeks  with a knee injury, while Prodl and Kaboul remains sidelined.


Arsene Wenger has won eight of his 10 matches versus Watford in all competitions as Arsenal manager.


Watford have failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last 10 matches against Arsenal in all competitions .

Watford have made their best-ever start to a Premier League season after seven games (12 points). Indeed, the Hornets have only won more points at this stage of a top-flight season once before, back in 1982-83 under Graham Taylor (15 points).

Troy Deeney is without a goal in his last 13 league games, his longest goal-drought ever in the Premier League and his worst in league football since October 2011 (32 in total).

Alexis Sanchez has scored three and assisted three in his four Premier League games against Watford.  However, Sanchez has failed to score in his last five Premier League appearances; his longest goal-drought in the competition since a goalless run of 11 games between October 2015 and March 2016.




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