Who? – Watford vs Arsenal
Where? – Vicarage Road
When? – 16:30 GMT, Sunday 15th September, 2019
Watford host Arsenal in the second game of a double header of Premier League action of Sunday in Matchweek 5.
This will be the first game back in the Premier League for Hornets boss Quique Sanchez Flores, who was re-appointed very shortly after the confirmation of the sacking of fellow Spaniard Javi Gracia from the job having picked up just one point in the opening four games.
Arsenal will be looking to get back to winning ways and particular continue to avenge for this very fixture two seasons ago when they suffered a 2-1 defeat having taken the lead, with Watford striker Troy Deeney infamously accusing Arsenal lack “cojones” in 2017.
Watford – Quique Sanchez Flores has captain Troy Deeney out of contention in what could be a reworked starting line-up, Etienne Capoue should be fit and available after falling ill during the international break.
Arsenal – Unai Emery is still a little bit of time off being able to re-introduce Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin back into the squad, whilst Kieran Tierney will not be able to make it debut for the Gunners.
It is safe to say Watford have had a disaster start to the season, losing the first three games picking up a point against Newcastle which has seen Javi Gracia removed as boss after just four games of the season and in need for a quick turn in form.
A fightback in the North London Derby means Arsenal are on seven points heading into their third away game of the season and with a notorious reputation for being poor travellers in recent seasons, a win could be huge as they head into a busy schedule of games.
Bournemouth – Ismaïla Sarr
The 21-year-old tricky winger and club record signing, who had been linked with a move to Arsenal, is yet to get his first Premier League start, however this will likely be the game he will be introduced in the starting XI and help struggling Watford to a first win of the season.
Arsenal – Nicolas Pepe
The £72m man has certainly excited Arsenal fans as early flashes of explosiveness and trickery without the end product so far, however having withdrawn from international duty to work on fitness, he could be ready to give the Gunners a huge performance in this game.
In the previous three games between these sides, it is Arsenal who have come out on top on all three occasions, impressively keeping out Watford in all three games, most recently a 1-0 win in April for the Gunners at Vicarage Road thanks to a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang goal.
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