Defending champions Arsenal chase consecutive FA Cup glory as they host Watford in the quarter finals at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
The Gunners were forced for a replay by Championship side Hull City and Wenger’s men deservingly grabbed a big 4-0 away win to ensure their progress. Arsenal will be in good spirit for this tie, but they have one eye on the crucial Champions League clash against Barcelona on coming Wednesday.
Watford continue to struggle and have now gone three matches without a win. They played some good quality football towards the end of last year and were poised to finish mid-table in the Premier League. Now all the good work has been undone and their woes lies in finishing the scoring chances.
Arsenal finally bounced back with a win over Hull in the FA Cup fifth round replay after going win-less for five matches in all competitions.
Despite their exploits against a lowly Hull City, Arsenal remains with one win at home in the last five home matches. They have failed to win their last three home matches, with the last two being defeats.
Arsenal’s last four matches in all competitions have witnessed above 2.5 goals and have conceded 2 goals in four out of the last five games.
Watford come with no form at all, no win in the last three matches and also not a single goal scored by the Hornets in those matches.
Seven of their last eight matches in all competitions have seen under 1.5 goals. And they have failed to score a goal in six out of those eight matches.
Arsenal: Team News
Once again Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal is plagued with injuries as Aaron Ramsey and Peter Cech join the list which already includes Chamberlain, Rosicky, Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla.
They may have a defensive crisis on Saturday as Per Mertesacker, Gabriel Paulista and Laurent Koscielny are major doubts. It would be interesting to see how Wenger will go with his tactics if neither of them is available for this match.
Kieran Gibbs could start here alongside Alex Iwobi and Elneny, who featured against Hull in the mid-week.
Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1): Ospina – Gibbs, Bellerin, Paulista, Mertesacker – Coquelin, Elneny – Sanchez, Iwobi, Welbeck – Giroud.
Watford: Team News
Tommie Hoban is sidelined through injury, while Miguel Britos and Craig Cathcart are doubts for Watford. Quique Sánchez Flores is expected to field the strongest possible line-up against Arsenal.
Predicted line-up (4-4-2): Gomes- Nyom, Holebas, Ake, Prodl – Abdi, Capoue, Behrami, Suarez – Ighalo, Deeney.
Arsenal vs Watford: Head-to-Head Stats
Arsenal have won the last six matches against Watford since 1999. And five of those matches have seen over 2.5 goals.
The team’s last met in FA cup during the 2002 season, Arsenal winning it away at Watford by 4-2.
Arsenal vs Watford: Prediction
Arsenal should be heavy favorites to win this, judging by the current form of both sides. Arsenal’s recent woes lies in players performing at an unexpected low level rather than tactical issues. While Watford can’t just finish those scoring chances despite creating enough in most matches. But they haven’t conceded more than 1 goal in 10 consecutive matches. This could be a low scoring affair and Arsenal could edge this one.