Arsenal vs Watford preview, betting tips and predictions: Is now the time the Gunners bounce back?
Arsenal to win with a -1 handicap @ 13/10 with Betfair
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang FGS @ 7/2 with Betfair
Arsenal to win 3-1 at 10/1 with Betfair
Arsenal’s situation is as precarious as it gets right now, and it really is beginning to feel as though Arsene Wenger’s position as manager is fast becoming untenable. At the time of writing, the Gunners have not faced AC Milan in a make or break Europa League tie on Thursday night; after losing to Ostersunds in the second leg of the last round, back to back games to Manchester City, including the Carabao Cup final, and again in the Premier League to Brighton last week, their season all but hinges on the two games against the fallen Italian giants.
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But their attention will swiftly turn to domestic matters again on Sunday as they gear up to welcome Watford to the Emirates Stadium. The Hornets are going well under Javi Gracia, who replaced Marco Silva a few weeks ago now, and they are in their regular midtable spot after a win over a hapless West Brom side. Arsenal need to improve, and fast; their undoubted quality should be enough to win this game, it is just a question of belief and application. Richarlison may not have scored for 19 games but he is a threat, as is supposed Gunners target Abdoulaye Doucoure. We think this one should be a home win though, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netting the opener.
In short, Arsenal are in crisis. The last four games, as mentioned above, have all ended in defeat, and they currently sit 13 points of rivals Tottenham, who occupy the final Champions League spot.
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Watford are currently ninth with 36 points, with their recent 4-1 win over Chelsea still fresh in their memory.
Alexandre Lacazette will miss out for the hosts through injury, while Watford are still without Kiko Femenia, Nathaniel Chalobah and Younes Kaboul.