Even though it is just a few short weeks since Arsenal were knocked out of the FA cup by Saturday’s Premier League opponents Watford, I am fairly confident that Quique Sanchez Flores and the Watford players will be expecting to have a tough time against Arsenal at the Emirates stadium this weekend.
That cup exit was not just a bad day at the office for the Gunners, it was one of those matches where things just went right for the visiting side. It could happen that way again, of course, but I reckon that the Hornets will not have things quite so easy this time.
Even if Flores and Watford and full of belief that they can do the same to Arsenal again, I would still expect them to approach the game in a defensive way and hope to frustrate our creative and forward players before hitting us on the break. That is one of the reasons why I think Arsene Wenger should start with Olivier Giroud in the centre forward role, as this sort of game really suits his strength, link play and ability as a target man.
Another reason to start with the big Frenchman is to make the most of the confidence our striker will have gained with his performance and well taken goal for France last week. I would still like to see Danny Welbeck in the starting line up but he could play on one of the flanks and if Giroud is not playing well he can always be moved to the middle. What do you think Gooners?