Arsenal’s Premier League campaign has been a poor one so far. The Gunners look to be out of the race for a top-four finish, but will still be clinging to the hope that one of the top-four teams slip up in the remaining months of the season.
However, for Arsenal to capitalise on any slip-ups they must start winning games in the league, starting with a home clash against Watford on Sunday.
The Gunners spirits will be lifted by a 2-0 win at AC Milan on Thursday night in the Europa League last 16. It is their league form that is concerning, though, as Arsene Wenger’s side has lost four of their last five games in the top-flight, including their last league that saw the Gunners lose 2-1 at Brighton.
Their recent league games have at least offered entertainment value, with over 2.5 goals scored in seven of their last eight outings. Their usual solid home form has not been as good in recent months in the league, as they have won just three of their last seven home games.
The home side has been prolific in recent home games, though, scoring at least two goals in four of their last five outings at the Emirates Stadium.
Watford heads to north London in confident mood after three wins in their last four league outings. Consecutive victories have moved the Hornets to 36 points and likely just one win away from securing their top-flight status.
The Hornets recent league games have been low scoring, with under 2.5 goals scored in five of their last six games in the top-flight.
The visitor’s away form is woeful of late, as they have lost six of their last seven games on the road while failing to score in five of those games.
Arsenal has a number of injury issues heading into this clash. Alexandre Lacazette, Santi Cazorla, Nacho Monreal and Hector Bellerin are expected to miss out through injury.
Sead Kolasinac and Calum Chambers picked up injuries against AC Milan, so are doubtful for this clash. Striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will return after missing out on Thursday’s game due to being ineligible.
Watford has a fairly big injury list themselves. With Gerard Deulofeu, Nathaniel Chalobah, Christian Kabasele, Craig Cathcart, Molla Wague and Tom Cleverley expected to miss out due to injury. Younes Kaboul, Jose Holebas and Kiko Femenia also fitness doubts.
Arsenal are favourites to win this clash at 2/ 1, while the draw is 15/4 and Watford are 6/1 to record an away victory. Arsenal should be buoyed by the victory on Thursday night and should be confident of recording a victory in this clash.
Will Arsenal get the better of Watford on Sunday?