Until Thursday’s triumph in Milan, it had been a while since Arsenal won a match - things were bleak around the Emirates. Arsene Wenger was (and still is) under more pressure than ever, the players were (and are) being criticized by the pundits, and the fans were (and again, still are) restless. A win today would help release some of the pressure and tension that has been building around the club for the past month or so.
Standing in the Gunners’ way is Watford, who beat Arsenal 2-1 at Vicarage Road earlier this season. While you may not remember the match, you probably do remember Troy Deeney’s post-match comments about Arsenal lacking...uh...something that I’m not sure I should repeat on TSF. Regardless of the accuracy or inaccuracy of his assessment, the man went out of his way to criticize Arsenal’s play, and that’s something that guys won’t forget. Jack Wilshere has already taken a shot at Deeney on Twitter, and I’m sure that most (if not all) of the Gunners would like nothing better than to shut Deeney’s big mouth with a solid thumping.
Arsenal come into today’s match with a few injuries. The club is thin at left back - Sead Kolašinac has an ankle injury and Nacho Monreal has a back issue. Neither Hector Bellerin nor Alexandre Lacazette will play tomorrow. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is eligible again and should take Danny Welbeck’s place up front.
Watford expect left back José Holebas and fellow defender Kiko Femenía to return from a small knock and an illness, respectively, but their injury list is still quite long—Craig Cathcart, Tom Cleverly, Christian Kabasele, Gerard Deulofeu, Younès Kaboul, Nathanial Chalobah, Tommie Hoban, and Molla Wagué are all out for tomorrow.
Hopefully Arsenal draw on Thursday’s win in Milan and keep the momentum up for today’s match.
N.B. - because of daylight savings time, the match start time might be a bit different than what you’re expecting. Make sure that you set your alarm (and DVR) appropriately!
Arsenal - Cech, Maitland-Niles, Holding, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Elneny, Xhaka, Ozil, Iwobi, Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang
Watford - Karnezis, Femenia, Prodl, Mariappa, Holebas, Doucoure, Capoue, Janmaat, Pereyra, Richarlison, Deeney
| #watfordfc line-up v @Arsenal | Karnezis (GK); Femenía, Prödl, Mariappa, Holebas; Doucouré, Capoue; Janmaat, Pereyra, Richarlison; Deeney (C).— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) March 11, 2018
Subs | Bachmann (GK), Britos, Hughes, Carrillo, Sinclair, Gray, Okaka.#ARSWAT pic.twitter.com/bjglz70Lz9
WHAT: Arsenal vs. Watford
WHERE: Emirates Stadium, London
WHEN: 6:30AM PDT | 9:30AM EDT | 1:30PM GMT
US TV: NBCSN
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