The dust has settled on Monday Night Football, in a game that saw Arsenal walk away with a nice 1-0 win over Watford. It was a hard fought encounter to say the least with both teams giving it their all, but in the end, it was the Gunners who came away with the three points. It was an important three points, too, as it ensured that Unai Emery’s men were able to bounce straight back up into the top four – which is where they’ll hope to stay with just a handful of games remaining in the Premier League season.
On Monday night, Arsenal overcame ten-man Watford 1-0 at Vicarage Road courtesy of a goal from star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Gunners cause was helped by the fact that Hornets captain Troy Deeney received a red card early on.
The victory saw Unai Emery’s team moved back up to fourth spot, in what is fast becoming an extremely tight race for the lucrative Champions League places. There are now just three points between third place Tottenham and Manchester United in sixth. There is little to choose between Spurs, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United in the top four race.
The rest of the Premier League have had their say on proceedings throughout the course of the weekend, and tonight, it’s time for Arsenal to step up to the plate. They’ll be playing on Monday Night Football this evening, as they attempt to springboard their way back into the top four – and back into contention for a Champions League spot. However, this isn’t the only game that they’ll be playing this week, as Gunners fans around the world gear up for what should be an incredibly busy schedule.
On Monday night, Arsenal travels to Vicarage Road to face Watford, in a Premier League game that could prove crucial to the Gunners chances of a top-four finish this season.
Watford are currently tenth place in the Premier League table. However, they have two games in hand on some of their rivals for seventh spot. A victory would move the Hornets up to seventh place.
The home side’s recent Premier League form has been inconsistent. In fact, Javi Garcia’s team has won two and lost three of their last five league outings. However, those three defeats were at Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United.
Arsenal are set to visit Watford on Monday evening, looking to return to fourth place by beating the Hornets and leapfrogging Manchester United and Chelsea.
But in order to do that little thing, the Gunners will have to not be themselves in terms of their away performances this season. Only Huddersfield Town and Bournemouth have failed to get anything against Unai Emery’s men in their own stadiums, and that has been the biggest downside to the manager’s first season in charge.
There’s still a long road ahead for Arsenal before the end of the season is upon us, with seven Premier League games standing between the Gunners and a place in the UEFA Champions League next season. They know that their fate is in their own hands and there’s no real way of getting around that, but truth be told, that isn’t enough to calm the anxiety that is being felt around the Emirates right now.
The end of the season is almost upon us, and there’s still a lot left to be resolved – especially for Arsenal. In addition to their Europa League quarter final which is coming up sooner than most of us realise, they’re also in a great position to finish in the top four of the Premier League. As we all know that’ll mean that they enter the UEFA Champions League once again, which many considered to be the end goal for Unai Emery in his first season in charge.
Well, here we are. After a season of ups and downs, we’ve finally arrived at the final eight game stretch of the Premier League season. This is usually when things start to get pretty serious, and it feels like that’s a bit of an understatement. A variety of teams are going to get pretty desperate, and when they’re pushed into a corner like that, it can often go one of two ways. Either they’ll thrive and push on towards bigger and better things, or they’ll crumble.
It seems that most teams that have visited Arsenal in recent Premier League games have terrible records on the Gunners home soil, whether that is at Highbury or the Emirates Stadium. Well, another team with a terrible away record against the Gunners roll up to the Emirates Stadium on Monday night in the shape of Leicester City.
Arsenal are one of Leicester’s bogey teams
Arsenal have become one of Leicester’s Premier League bogey teams of late. In fact, the Foxes have won just two of their 24 Premier League meetings with the team from north London, while suffering 15 defeats in the process.
Arsenal’s German international goalkeeper Bernd Leno will get a chance over the next few games to prove that he is good enough to be the Gunners first-choice number one on a permanent basis.
Leno came on as a first half substitute for the injured Petr Cech last time out in a 2-0 win over Watford at the Emirates Stadium. It was the Germans Premier League debut after joining from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer.