The international break has come to a natural conclusion and teams across Europe, and the world, and preparing for the return of domestic football. There are a lot of intriguing games for us to sink our teeth into over the course of the upcoming weekend, but one that we’re obviously fascinated to see unfold will take place between Arsenal and Watford.
The two London-based sides have had mixed starts to the new campaign respectively, and with this game being on the horizon, we’re fascinated to see what kind of a dynamic we get between two clubs who have pretty different ambitions. At this point you’d have to imagine the Hornets are searching for survival and not much else, whereas for the Gunners, it’s clear that they need a top four finish if they want to be seen as making significant progress under Unai Emery.
As reported by Arsenal.com, we now have a better idea of what to expect in terms of the team news as Emery gears up for what is bound to be a tricky trip to Vicarage Road.
“All players who were on international duty will have returned to us by Thursday morning. No international players have reported injuries during this period.
However, all international players will be assessed ahead of Sunday’s match.
Now back in full training with the first team squad.
Left knee. Continuing with on-field rehabilitation. Progressing well and aiming to participate in full training in September.
Groin. Continues to receive treatment and further assessments. Progressing well and aiming to participate in full training in September.
Groin. Continues to receive treatment and further assessments. Progressing well and aiming to participate in full training in September.”
It certainly seems as if Arsenal will have a strong enough squad to choose from this weekend which, in itself, should give them the confidence to believe that they could do some damage in this game. If they can score early and dictate the pace from there, then we see absolutely no reason why they can’t blow Watford out of the water. Of course, they have a new manager at the helm, and one thing we have all come to learn about the Premier League is that bringing in a new boss can often have a significant impact on a team’s momentum.
Are you feeling confident ahead of the game against Watford?