Arsenal’s Premier League campaign starts on Saturday as the Gunners travel to fellow London side Watford. The Gunners are off the pace by six points from leaders Manchester City and will be eyeing an away win at the Vicarage Road.
The Hornets will be hoping defense pair Younes Kaboul and Sebastian Prodl back from injury. Nathaniel Chalobah will be missing along with Isaac Success, who was arrested earlier this week. Another absentee is Craig Catchcart, who has a knee problem.
Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi suffered a thigh injury in the International duty and will be missing the game. Santi Cazorla is a long term absentee but both Laurent Koscielny and Mesut Ozil may come back in the contention for selection. Coquelin and Welbeck also are hopeful of returning while Bosnian defender Sead Kolasinac will undergo a test for his hip problem.
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Since their drubbing at Anfield, the Gunners have done pretty well in the Premier League. Saturday will be another test for the side as Wenger plans to field a three men back yet again. Koscielny and Holding both will be a part of the starting eleven while Lacazette is expected to start up front. While Ozil and Sanchez both have a fifty fifty chance of starting the game, Wenger may well look to ease them on the game. Gunners are level on points with Chelsea and a point ahead of Liverpool while six behind the Manchester clubs.
For Watford, they will be more of looking for a better display at home, where they haven’t won a game this season. Manager Marco Silva needs to get his tactics right to stop Arsenal attackers as they conceded six in their last home league match against Manchester City.
Watford line up
Arsenal line up
These two last met at Vicarage End at the early half of last season and the Gunners were 3-1 victorious as Cazorla, Sanchez and Ozil scored for them.
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The match will be telecast live on Star Sports Select 1 and Select 1 HD from 22.00 IST.