On Saturday evening, Arsenal, of course, face a trip to Vicarage Road to face Watford, in a game that could be a potential banana skin for Arsene Wenger’s side.
The Gunners are on a good recent run of form of late after winning six of their last seven. They could be forgiven for not winning the other game, as they achieved a very respectable goalless draw at champions Chelsea.
Watford are the sort of team that have made life difficult for Arsenal in recent seasons, especially away from home. Make no mistake they are unlikely to be easy opposition.
Enjoying their football
Watford’s style of play this season has changed under Marco Silva. The Hornets have enjoyed a steady start to their Premier League campaign under the Portuguese boss. The players and fans seem to be enjoying the campaign so far.
Towards the end of last season, the Premier League campaign became a slog for the Hornets under Alec Baldwin lookalike Walter Mazzarri. In fact, the team from Hertfordshire lost their last six league games. The run led to the dismissal of the experienced Mazzarri.
This season a number of players have shone brightly for the Hornets. Giant French midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure was almost a non-entity at Vicarage Road last season. This season has undergone a transformation into a central midfielder that gets forward and scores goals.
Already the 24-year-old has scored three times in his Premier League appearances. He looks like a different player to last season.
A player who looks even more exciting though is young Brazilian winger Richarlison. The 20-year-old arrived in the summer as an almost unknown to most observers of English football
However, he has already scored three times in the Premier League and produced two assists, despite starting the campaign on the bench.
Arsenal cannot afford complacency
Arsenal are on a good run of form. However, with a number of injury problems heading into this clash, the Gunners cannot be complacent against the home side, who can be backed at odds of 9/2 to record a victory.
This is the sort of game were Arsenal have come unstuck in recent history. Last season’s meeting between the two sides at the Emirates Stadium is the perfect example, as the Hornets left North London with a 2-1 win.
If Arsenal are to challenge for the top-four or even the title (maybe slightly hopeful), then these are the games they need to win.
Can Arsenal avoid a potential banana skin at Watford?