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PL Preview: Arsenal vs Watford (current form, team news, head to head and predictions)

Arsenal host Watford later today in the premier league (2pm UK time). The Gunners would be looking to extend their unbeatean run to eight games while Watford would be hoping to attain some level of consistency under new boss Claudio Ranieri.

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Current Form: 

7th placed Arsenal have won three and drawn two of their last five league matches while 16th placed Watford have won just one and drawn one of their last five which means the Hornets have lost three times in this period

 

Team News: 

Swiss midfielder, Granit Xhaka remains a long time absentee for Arsenal while Scottish left-back Kieran Tierney returned to training this week and could feature against Watford.

Watford are boosted by the return of Francisco Sieralta and Kiko Femenia to training as both players are in contention to face Arsenal while centre-back Christian Kabesele is en route to recovery from a hamstring strain.

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Nigerian striker Emmanuel Dennis also returns after missing Watford’s last game due to suspension while midfield duo of Ken Sema and Kwadwo Baah have both been sidelined for weeks after getting injured in training a couple of days back.

Arsenal Predicted xi: Ramsdale; Tavares, Gabriel, White, Tomiyasu; Partey, Sambi-Lokonga; Saka, Smith Rowe, Aubameyang, Lacazette

Watford Predicted xi: Foster; Masina, Troost-Ekong, Nkoulou, Ngakia; Cleverly, Sissoko, Gosling; Sarr, Dennis, King

 

Head to Head:

In 14 meetings with Watford, Arsenal have won 11 times while the Hornets have beaten the Gunners just twice. Also, there’s been only one draw in this fixture.

In the last three meetings, ArsemAr have won twice with both sides sharing the spoils on one occasion.

 

Fun Fact: 

Watford manager,  Claudio Ranieri has never beaten Arsenal in the Premier League in 11 attempts (D4 L7), losing his last five away league matches against the Gunners. Arsenal are the only side Ranieri has faced at least five times in his top-flight managerial career and never beaten.

 

Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored six goals in his five Premier League appearances against Watford, netting a brace in both matches against the Hornets in the 2019/20 campaign.

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Predictions: 

Arsenal have enjoyed so much success in this fixture and with the kind of form Mikel Arteta’s charges are in, I expect them to beat Watford again, though narrowly and stretch their unbeaten run to eight games.

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