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Preview: Arsenal v Watford, Team News, Line-Up & Predicted Score
Arsenal will look to keep their slim Premier League title hopes alive when we entertain Watford at the Emirates on Saturday afternoon.
A 2-0 victory over Everton at Goodison Park before the international break has kept us in touch with the top two with Spurs six points ahead while Leicester are eleven points adrift.
The good news is we have a game in hand over our rivals and have arguably the easier run-in, but anything other than a win tomorrow would almost certainly end our hopes of catching the leaders.
While this game is obviously vital in the title race, we will also be out to avenge our hugely disappointing FA Cup defeat to Watford which saw the Hornets leave the Emirates with a shock 2-1 win last month.
We’ve been handed a major boost with Petr Cech returning to training today after recovering from a calf injury that’s kept him out of the last five games.
Wenger says he’ll hand him a late fitness test but Cech took to Twitter earlier today to suggest he’s fit and ready to start tomorrow, so I expect to see him in the starting eleven.
Jack Wilshere is also back in full training as he looks to finally make his comeback from a broken leg, but the midfielder is going to need a few weeks to regain his match fitness before he’ll be under consideration.
The same can be said for Tomas Rosicky, who’s also back in full training after recovering from a thigh injury, while Santi Cazorla and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are still around three weeks away from returning from their knee injuries.
Aaron Ramsey is expected to return from a thigh problem against West Ham next weekend so Mohamed Elneny will continue alongside Francis Coquelin tomorrow.
Alex Iwobi deserves to keep his place after an excellent performance against Everton two weeks ago while I’d also stick with Gabriel ahead of Per Mertesacker at the back.
We didn’t play well at all in the FA Cup game last month but Watford got their tactics spot on, so hopefully Arsene Wenger and the players have learned their lesson this time around. The visitors have little left to play for in the league and the Arsenal players should be fully focussed on getting the win we need to keep us in the title race, so I’m backing the boys to get the job done.
Arsenal 3-0 Watford