After an excruciating midweek penalty defeat to Spurs, the Hornets’ attention turns straight to Saturday’s Clash with Arsenal.
Despite both taking the lead and coming from behind, it wasn’t enough for the much changed Watford side to overcome a Spurs team they’d beaten just weeks before. However, this should not dampen the Hornets’ confidence, with the 10 changes made emphasizing a strength in depth unfamiliar to Watford fans.
With last week’s game against Fulham being impressive for the most part, Javi Gracia’s side will be looking to carry their first half performance that saw an immense amount of chances fall their way to an Arsenal side that, despite recent form, always seem susceptible at the back. Andre Gray’s recent fine run of form that saw him net early against Fulham, along Troy Deeney’s strength and ‘kajones’, could cause the Arsenal back line endless problems, just like it did in the corresponding fixtures last year.
However, Watford are going to have to be much more clinical than in their previous fixture, which saw many chances squandered and ultimately cost them 2 points. Wasting such chances against a side wuth the quality of Arsenal will inevitably lead to leaving the Emirates with no return.
Watford’s opponents head into the game off the back of 5 straight victories. Their tough start against Chelsea and Manchester City left many questioning Unai Emery and his Arsenal team, however their recent clinical resurgence has answered these critics, and they will be a tough test for a Watford side who haven’t looked comfortable away from home.
Watford will have to look out for an impressive Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, who’s pace and power will cause the Hornets unfamiliar problems.
Watford will be without star defender Christian Kabesele who saw red in the defeat to Tottenham. Additionally, reports from the club suggest Daryl Janmaat has undergone surgery and will be out for 6 weeks. Despite breaking numerous toes in training, Troy Deeney is expected to be fit to face the side he so famously criticised last season.
In a tightly fought affair, I think Arsenal’s quality in tandem with the enforced changes in the Hornets back line will see Emery’s men clinch a narrow 2-1 victory. However, with the potential for Kabaseles Red card to be rescinded, a full strength Watford side should provide stiff competition.
Predicted Score: Arsenal 2-1 Watford