There was not a lot of talk from the Arsenal camp this week about wanting to get revenge on Watford for the way they managed to take advantage of our struggles at the Emirates to knock Arsenal out of the FA cup before the international break. But I am pretty sure that the players would have spoke about it behind closed doors.
The things that some of the Watford players said after that FA cup clash will certainly have grated on the Gunners, especially the rubbish that came from the mouth of their keeper, the former Tottenham player Gomes. So it appeared to me that the desire to make him and his team mates eat their words inspired Arsenal yesterday. Maybe that was why Mesut Ozil started to torment them with stepovers, backheels and audacious flicks.
And if the desire for revenge helped Arsenal to perform against the Hornets, that is good news for our chances in the next game, which is away to Slaven Bilic and his high flying West Ham. They inflicted that shock opening day defeat on Arsenal and it was a bit of a nightmare Premier League debut for Petr Cech at his new club, with two rare and unexpected errors contributing to our loss.
It just so happens that big Pete is back from injury and in line to start against West Ham and he will surely be determined to make up for that opening day. So can Cech and Arsenal use revenge to inspire us to a vital win?