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.
Rob Holding should keep his place in the backline after an impressive in the 0-0 draw with the Foxes alongside Laurent Koscielny.
Per Mertesacker, Gabriel, Danny Welbeck, Carl Jenkinson, Alex Iwobi and Aaron Ramsey all miss out through injury.
Arsenal have drawn their last 4 away matches, drawing at both half time and full time in their last 4 away matches.
Arsenal have won 7 of their last 8 matches against Watford in all competitions kept a clean sheet in 5 of their last 7 matches.
Arsenal have scored at least 2 goals in their last 4 away matches against Watford in all competitions.
Watford have conceded at least 2 goals in 6 of their last 7 matches.
There have been over two goals scored in Watford’s last 3 home games and have failed to win their last 5 Premiership matches.
As at this post Watford has 4.71 odd to win the match on NaijaBet while Arsenal 1.70 has odd to win the match also, while the odd to draw the match is 3.74