Mikel Arteta takes charge of his 100th Arsenal game on Sunday afternoon.
And the only way to celebrate the landmark occasion is with a win over Watford to extend the Gunners’ unbeaten run across all competitions to 10 games – stretching all the way back to before the September international break.
Since that 5-0 loss away at Manchester City, Arsenal have taken 17 points from a possible 21 which has placed them in contention for a surprise top-four push.
Furthermore, they’re into the Carabao Cup quarter-final – where they’ll face League One opposition in Sunderland at home next month – so it’s safe to say there’s a positive feel around the club at the moment.
A feeling that Arteta will be keen to maintain heading into the final international break of 2021.
With that said, the omens certainly provide good viewing for the Spaniard as Arsenal have won their last three home games against the Hornets, scoring eight and conceding two in the process.
It finished 3-2 the last time the sides met on the final day of the 2019/20 season and a repeat scoreline will be exactly what’s on the menu for the hosts as they look to ensure Arteta’s big day is not ruined.
Once again, Granit Xhaka is the only first-team player definitely unavailable for selection, and the Gunners could be boosted by the return of Kieran Tierney after three games out with an ankle problem.
Therefore with a near full strength squad at his disposal, Arteta will be presented with a selection headache ahead of naming his lineup to face the Hornets.