Arsenal are hoping that the players can pick up nicely from where we left off in the Premier League a couple of weeks ago with the thrashing of our big Premier League rivals Manchester United. Arsene Wenger suggested that the excellent international break enjoyed by the various Gunners was helped by their club form and so hopefully that will happen in the same way for us at Watford today.
THe Arsenal team almost picks itself these days, or at least it does in the Premier League which is our clear priority target. And due to the importance of Alexis Sanchez and his amazing physical condition, Wenger has decided against giving him a rest just a few days after he returned from international duty with Chile in South America. Koscielny is back at the heart of our defence as well after passing a late fitness test.
There is a surprise on the subs bench though, with young Matt Macey the back up keeper, so I assume that there is some problem with David Ospina. Apart from that, however, the Arsenal boss has good options from the bench, with Giroud, the Ox and Arteta as well as plenty of defensive cover.
Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal
Ramsey, Ozil, Alexis
Subs: Macey, Gibbs, Chambers, Debuchy, Arteta, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Giroud