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Match Preview : Watford vs Arsenal

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Watford fell to a 2-1 home loss to Chelsea last weekend and followed that up with an extra time defeat to Gillingham in the EFL Cup on Tuesday. The players are still adhereing to Mazzarri’s demands and play Arsenal at perhaps the wrong time.

While the Gunners have failed to win so far this season, they looked in far better shape against Leicester last weekend, holding the defending champions to a 0-0 draw. With Ozil and Giroud now fully fit and available, the duo should make a huge difference in the final third.

Watford’s poor start to the campaign, therefore, could continue with a home defeat this weekend.

Watford : Brice Dja Djedje is sidelined with a foot problem for Watford, while Isaac Success is a doubt for the Hornets ahead of Saturday’s welcome of Arsenal.

New signings Younes Kaboul and Roberto Pereyra are at Walter Mazzarri’s disposal, though may be eased into competitive action slowly following their arrivals.

Ben Watson is available having served his one-match ban.

Arsenal : Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil could both make their first league starts of the season having come off the bench against Leicester last weekend, with Theo Walcott and Francis Coquelin dropping to the bench.