Arsenal travel to Vicarage Road to face Watford in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon, and are big favourites to pick up their first win of the season after a sluggish start.
The Gunners will be welcoming back a number of senior players to the first-team, and will be looking for a positive response against a Watford outfit without a win in their last three.
Arsenal’s returning stars should see them dominate the game
Arsenal game late cameos to chief playmaker Mesut Ozil and first-choice striker Olivier Giroud in their 0-0 draw against Leicester City, and the pair are expected to start against Watford on the weekend. Their influence on the pitch will be telling given Ozil made the most assists (19) in the Premier League last season and created 146 chances in 35 appearances, while Giroud was Arsenal’s top goalscorer (16) and provides more of a physical threat due to his stature.
In addition, centre-back Laurent Koscielny is recently back for Arsenal and will help to keep Watford quiet at the other end. He helped the Gunners to a clean sheet against Leicester, but now the Londoners have two key players back in attack, they should find a way to breach the Hornets’ defence. Currently five points adrift of Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea, Arsenal can’t afford any more slip-ups, and their record against Watford makes for good reading.
Superior head-to-head record favours a Gunners victory
Arsenal’s head-to-head record against Watford in the Premier League is very one-sided. The two clubs have locked horns six times in the top flight and Arsenal have won every meeting. Pre-1990s, it was the Hornets who boasted win after win against Arsenal in the old First Division, but the inception of the Premier League saw the Londoners dominate the fixture which bodes well for their chances this weekend.
Last season saw Arsenal beating Watford 3-0 at Vicarage Road on Saturday, 17 October 2015, while putting four goals past them with no reply at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, April 2 this year. Watford have endured a poor start to the new season, picking up just one point from a possible six in the Premier League, while suffering an embarrassing defeat in the EFL Cup to League One side Gillingham. Arsene Wenger’s men face the Hornets at the perfect time. Arsenal are 8/11 to win against Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday. Will goals ensue?