Arsenal welcome Watford to the Emirates Stadium this weekend which could well prove a big result for either side in their push for a place in Europe next season.
The Hornets are this term’s surprise package, picking up wins against Tottenham, while keeping the pace with the top of the table with four wins and a draw from their six league outings. They do find themselves coming into the match on the back of back-to-back defeats however, after losing to Man United last week in the division, before succumbing to Tottenham Hotspur in the cup on penalties in midweek.
We on the other hand come into the game in top form with six wins in all competitions since our opening losses to Chelsea and Man City at the beginning of the season, and will be challenging for the title should they be able to maintain that form until May, which will of course be a big challenge for any side.
Our current worries come from our defence, with question marks over the returns of Sokratis and Kolasinac, while Laurent Koscielny and Carl Jenkinson remain sidelined. Sead should be ready to return, but Holding may well have to step-up and partner Mustafi should the Greek centre-back not make it.
We have little to worry about in other areas of the field however, and we should be able to continue our run of wins, but I don’t expect to have the whole match go our way.
Bellerin Mustafi Holding Monreal
Ramsey Xhaka Torreira
Ozil Lacazette Aubameyang
Our midfield and attack should have had adequate rest in midweek and be fighting fit for the encounter, and I expect goals. I’ll be going for a 3-1 win with Laca to continue his fine form with another goal.
Does Monreal need a rest when Sead is available? Is Holding ready to step-up if Sokratis is unavailable? Should Mkhitaryan be starting here?