Finally, football is back for Arsenal after the seemingly endless international break and they have a great opportunity of collecting all three points against bottom side Watford at Vicarage Road later today.
Arsenal will be without Alexandre Lacazette but will still be able to field a formidable front line against a very vulnerable Watford defence.
The Hornets are under new management, the defensive-minded Quique Sánchez Flores and if he stays true to form the game today could be one of attack v defence with Watford hoping to catch Arsenal on the counter-attack.
I am of the opinion that Unai Emery will go for an attacking formation today and play to Arsenal’s strength as opposed to fielding a team based on the strengths of the opponents.
Hopefully, we will see more from Maitland-Niles and Kolasinac today and if he plays, Dani Ceballos behind the front three, if those three can open up the channels and provide the service that the likes of Pepe and Aubameyang are craving then there is a good possibility of seeing a few Arsenal goals today.
Watford will be relying on their physical attributes, high balls and counter-attack and the Arsenal defence will have to be fully focussed, there is no room for error because Watford will take advantage just like Liverpool and Tottenham did.
A clean sheet must be on the agenda, they achieved that against Watford last season at their ground and a repeat of that would be very welcomed.
It is going to be a physical game but the pace and creativity of Arsenal should be enough for them to come away with all three points.
Watford 0 – 3 Arsenal