An under-crisis Arsenal host Watford this Sunday in the English Premier League.
After four consecutive losses, finally the Gunners won a game, a 2-0 win at San Siro against AC Milan in the Round of 16 tie of the Europa League. The win against the Italian giants ended their losing streak in all competitions for the North London side.
Watford have won their last two Premier League games. Meanwhile, Arsenal have lost their previous three Premier League games, last losing four in a row back in March 1995.
The impressive win in the Europa League has eased some of the pressure on Arsene Wenger. However, his managerial reign at Arsenal seems to be coming to an end sooner rather than later. Perhaps playing away from home helped ease the pressure on Wenger and his men. However, his team are playing at home on Sunday and it might work against them, which has happened in the past.
Watford could become only the third side to win back-to-back Premier League away games at Emirates, after Chelsea and Swansea City. However, since beating Arsenal 2-1 in January 2017, the Hornets have lost their last six Premier League games in London, conceding 2.8 goals per game on average.
After winning all of their first seven Premier League meetings against Watford, Arsenal have lost their last two league meetings against the Hornets. However, the gunners have not failed to score in any of their previous 11 games against Arsenal.
In all competitions, Watford have won two of their last three games at the Emirates, and have won four of their last seven away games against Arsenal.
Players To Watch
An odd choice but Alex Iwobi has scored in both of his home league appearances against Watford. His tally of two goals against the Hornets is the most against any Premier League side.
Club-captain Troy Deeney has scored the winner in each of the last two games for Watford.
Alexandre Lacazette is unavailable due to a knee injury. Nacho Monreal is doubtful due to his back injury. Hector Bellerin is a doubt as well.
Tom Cleverly, Craig Cathcart and Younes Kaboul are all back in training. Gerard Deulofeu and Christian Kabasele are doubtful to play against Arsenal.
Arsenal vs Watford Lineup (Predicted XI)
Arsenal Lineup (4-2-3-1)
Defense: Chambers (RB), Mustafi (RCB), Koscielny (LCB), Kolasinac (LB)
Midfield: Xhaka (CDM), Wilshere (CDM), Iwobi (RAM), Ozil (CAM), Mkhitaryan (LAM)
Attack: Aubameyang (ST)
Watford Lineup (4-2-3-1)
Defense: Janmaat (RB), Prodl (RCB), Mariappa (LCB), Holebas (LB)
Midfield: Capoue (CDM), Doucoure (CDM), Carrillo (RAM), Pereyra (CAM), Richarlison (RAM)
Attack: Denney (ST)
Arsenal vs Watford Prediction
The Gunners have lost both of their last two home games in all competitions. On Sunday, playing in front of the Gunners faithful who have been vocal about their desire to see a managerial change at their club will add more pressure on Wenger and his men.
The Emirates will be itchy and nervous, and Watford can exploit that if they organize themselves and frustrate the home side. The Hornets are coming into the game in good form as well. However, an awe-inspiring performance in midweek against AC Milan in the Europa League might just be the result Arsenal needed to turn things around.
Our prediction for this game is a 2-0 win for Arsene Wenger’s men.