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Posted on October 13, 2017 by David Nugent

On Saturday evening, Arsenal travel to Vicarage Road to take on Watford, as the Gunners look to continue their recent good run of form.

Watford have enjoyed a decent start to life under new boss Marco Silva. The Hornets have suffered just one defeat in their seven Premier League games so far and that loss was against in-form league leaders Manchester City.

In fact, the Hornets are just a point behind the visitors in the Premier League table. A victory would move the Hertfordshire outfit above the boys from north London.

Shkodran Mustafi ruled out for up to six weeks 0

Posted on October 12, 2017 by David Nugent

According to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, the Gunners German centre-back Shkodran Mustafi could be out of action for up to six weeks through a hamstring injury. Mustafi picked up the injury while on international duty with his national team and looks set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Was in decent form in recent weeks

Mustafi’s future with Arsenal was in major doubt in the summer. The former Valencia defender was heavily linked with a move to Italian giants Inter. However, the speculation came to nothing and he stayed in north London.

Arsenal suddenly short of centre-backs 0

Posted on October 10, 2017 by David Nugent

When Arsenal started their Premier League campaign, the Gunners looked well covered in numbers anyway in the centre of defence.

However, an injury sustained by German international Shkodran Mustafi, along with French defender Laurent Koscielny being absent through injury have limited Arsene Wenger’s centre-back options for the near future.

The Gunners face a trip to Watford on Saturday evening, in a game the side from north London are odds of 8/13 to win.

The likely absence of the aforementioned pair means that Wenger will have to call on some of his other defenders to fill the void.

Watford end interest in Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs 0

Posted on August 10, 2017 by Milos Markovic

Watford have reportedly abandoned their plans to sign Arsenal full-back Kieran Gibbs.

The Hornets were keen to land the 27-year-old defender in time for the start of the 2017/18 season, but have been put off by Arsenal’s steep valuation of their player.

Marco Silva is refusing to meet Arsenal’s £16 million asking price for a player who has not been a first-team regular at the Emirates. Kieran Gibbs is unlikely to play on regular basis this season and with less than 12 months in his deal with the Gunners, he will be available on a free contract at the end of next season.

Gibbs nearing Arsenal exit after Emirates Cup snub 0

Posted on July 28, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs looks set to leave the club this summer after being left out of the squad for the Emirates Cup, reports The Sun. The England international has been linked with a move to Watford, West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle United and was previously left out of the pre-season tour as he negotiated his exit.

There’s been little progress since. West Bromwich Albion have pulled out of the deal, while Watford and Newcastle United aren’t keen to meet Arsenal’s £15m asking price. Gibbs has hardly featured for the Gunners in the last 12 months, making just eight Premier League starts in 2016/17. His contract is up next summer so Arsenal are running out of time to get value from the left-back.

Watford withdraw interest in Kieran Gibbs 0

Posted on June 23, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Evening Standard, Watford have pulled out of a deal to sign Arsenal left-back Kieran Gibbs, with the defender’s asking price too high for the Hornets to match. A host of clubs were previously linked with the Gunners defender but interest has waned as the summer as gone on.

Gibbs is believed to be for sale this summer but will cost £15m to sign, an asking price too lofty for a player who’s hardly featured in the last two seasons, so Watford will now turn their attention to Middlesbrough’s George Friend. Arsenal are keen to cut a left-back off the wage bill as they currently have Nacho Monreal, Gibbs and new-boy Sead Kolasinac as options.

Cech demands a response against Chelsea “to get back on track” in the title race 0

Posted on February 04, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has called on his side to respond after their surprise defeat to Watford. The Gunners missed an opportunity to make up ground on Premier League leaders Chelsea, who were held to Liverpool, and now they face the table-toppers needing nothing short of all three points to ensure the title race remains wide open. Arsenal are nine points adrift with 15 to go, but could narrow the gap if they can win at Stamford Bridge in the league for the first time since 2011.

Arsenal ‘not mentally ready’ says Wenger 0

Posted on February 02, 2017 by David Nugent

According to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, his team were not ‘not mentally ready for the physical challenges Watford offered’. To be fair to Mr Wenger Arsenal’s lack of mental readiness and strength has been an obvious cause for concern for a while now.

Talking about the game Wenger told the Guardian: “mentally, we were not ready for the [physical] challenges. When you play at home, in our position, that is not normal. Everybody in the Premier League is strong physically and [to give] 90% is not enough.”

Ramsey picks up calf injury in Watford defeat 1

Posted on February 01, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey had a game to forget in Tuesday’s clash with Watford, limping off injured after just 20 minutes and could now find himself missing most of February’s games. The Welsh international deflected a free-kick past his own goalkeeper for Watford’s first goal and missed an interception while being caught napping as the Hornets scored a second. And to cap it off, Ramsey then came off less after 20 minutes with a calf injury.

Arsene Wenger vents out at Arsenal mentality 0

Posted on February 01, 2017 by Milos Markovic

North London club Arsenal suffered a major blow in the Premier League title race on Tuesday as Watford secured a stunning Emirates Stadium victory courtesy of goals from Younes Kaboul and Troy Deeney.

The 2-1 victory over Gunners ended a Hornets’ winless streak which lasted since 10 December, whereas it also pushed Arsenal further down in the standings to third place in the table.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was watching his side succumb to their first defeat in 2017 from the stands as the French tactician continues to serve his touchline suspension, but he was far from impressed with his team’s dismal performance.

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