Pre-Match Report

Arsenal v Watford: The Brief

West Ham, Cardiff, Newcastle, Vorskla, Everton, Brentford... and Watford?

After six wins on the spin, confidence levels among the staff, players and fans are understandably on the rise - but we face a major examination against a renewed and reinvigorated Watford side on Saturday.

Our training ground neighbours - and I do mean neighbours, with only a fence separating us - come into a fixture against us above us in the table for the first time since September 1984.

Javi Gracia, a former team-mate of Unai Emery at Real Sociedad in the mid 1990s, has got the Hornets buzzing, and their rise up the table this term underlines the danger they will pose at the Emirates.

Fronted by the muscular and in-form Troy Deeney, they will look to assert themselves on us. How we stand up to the challenge will say much about the character that Emery is instilling in the side – and another win would maintain the momentum that has been building by the week.

Read on for our comprehensive match preview, featuring team news, match stats and an expert view of our opponents.

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'This club is giving me a lot of positive things'

Breakdown - Watford
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Team News - Watford
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