After a very good performance at home against Napoli last night, Arsenal will be hoping to bring some of that confidence into the game versus Watford on Monday night.
The Gunners’ poor form away from home, however, makes this game hard to predict. The Hornets are flying high after making it through to the FA Cup final last weekend, and their home record is pretty decent too.
Javi Gracia’s side have won eight out of 15 matches at Vicarage Road this season, including victories against Tottenham, Everton and Leicester.
Arsenal will have to do without Sokratis Papastathopoulos due to suspension. The Greek international picked up his tenth booking of the season in the 1-0 defeat to Everton last Sunday, which is an automatic two-match ban.
With captain Laurent Koscielny having returned from an injured foot against Napoli, it means the defence won’t be weakened severely, but it’s likely we’ll see Shkodran Mustafi back in the starting lineup.
Granit Xhaka was not involved in the 2-0 win yesterday, due to a groin injury, but could be back in contention for Monday. Rob Holding (knee), Danny Welbeck (ankle) and Hector Bellerin (knee) remain on the sidelines.
Arsenal’s Predicted XI To Face Watford:
Leno, Maitland-Niles, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Kolasinac, Torreira, Xhaka, Ramsey, Aubameyang, Lacazette
Watford could be without FA Cup hero Gerard Deulofeu. The Spaniard is a doubt after picking up an ankle injury. Left-back Jose Holebas could also be missing with a similar problem.
Fullback Kiko Femenia (knee) is suffering with a knock, while Adalberto Penaranda (hamstring) and Tom Cleverley (calf) remain out of contention.
Watford’s Predicted XI:
Foster, Janmaat, Mariappa, Cathcart, Masina, Hughes, Capoue, Doucoure, Pereyra, Deeney, Gray
The bookmakers have given Arsenal the slight edge for this encounter. They are 5/4 to win at Betfair while a draw is best priced at 23/10 with Unibet. A Watford victory is 14/5 with the same bookie.