‘We must keep Watford's strikers quiet’

Arsene Wenger says his side must keep Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo quiet if they are to beat Watford on Saturday.

The Hornets’ strike pairing scored 28 goals between them last season, and the Arsenal manager is wary of the threat they pose.

 “They were very efficient last year with the two strikers up front together, Ighalo and Deeney,” Wenger said. “One of the keys for us will be to keep them quiet.

“I rate Deeney because he’s a player who has technical quality first of all, but he’s also a fighter. To find a player who combines these two things is not easy.

“He’s very strong in the challenges, the duels, and in the link play as well. I was impressed by him last year.

“We need a first win after our game at Leicester. Of course the international break comes too soon because players go away with their national teams [and] are not ready yet to start for us yet in the Premier League, because we had to rest them as they’ve played in international games.

“Not everybody is up to speed completely. We still have some players who are a little bit behind.”


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