Preview - Arsenal vs Watford March 11 2018

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Mar 11, 2018, 09:42 AM Last Edit: Mar 11, 2018, 09:44 AM by Harry85
Match Day 30
Arsenal vs Watford
Sunday, March 11th, 2018
21:30 pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Emirates Stadium

Last five matches form: L L L L W
Average goals per match: 1.8
Average goals against per match: 1.4
Top Scorer: Alexandre Lacazette (9)

Last five matches form: D W L W W
Average goals per match: 1.3
Average goals against per match: 1.6
Top Scorer: Abdoulaye Doucouré

Arsenal have problems at the back ahead of this London Derby, cynics may say theres no change there, but the full-back position really does look to be a problem ahead of this fixture. Hector Bellerin, Nacho Monreal, Sead Kolasanic and Callum Chambers are all doubts for the Gunners. Top scorer Alexandre Lacazette is also expected to miss out again.

Watford will no doubt relieved they are all but safe from relegation as their own injury problems are now seriously starting to mount up, with no fewer than 11 players listed as either definitely out or doubtful ahead of this clash.

Watford have picked up in the second half of the season, but that improvement in form has largely come at home. They remain poor on their travels, losing six of their last seven away from Vicarage road and only scoring two goals in the process.

Arsenal have been under mounting pressure due to another perceived season of failure. It is not at the Emirates where their problems lie though having won 10 of their 14 League games to date, with the only two losses coming against the top two of Manchester City and Manchester United.

Buoyed by an excellent result away at AC Milan in midweek, and facing a poor travelling side decimated by injuries, we fancy Arsene Wenger's men to use a dominance of midfield and possession to swat the hornets aside.

Prediction: Arsenal 4-0 Watford


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 3 - 0
Shots: 11 - 11
Shots on target: 7 - 4
Corner Kicks: 4 - 9
Possession: 60% - 40%

Shkodran Mustafi and Granit Xhaka were booked for the home side. Jose Holebas saw yellow for Watford.

This game perhaps wasn't quite so one sided as the score-line would suggest, and things may well have been a little tighter had Troy Deeney converted his penalty when the score line stood at 2-0.

Arsenal pressed from the off here, attempting to pin Watford back and had already opened the visitors up on more than one occasion prior to the first goal in the eighth minute. Mesut Oezil swinging in a free kick from the left and Mustafi doing well to hold off his marker to head back across goal and into the net.

Arsenal went close to doubling their lead before half time, but it was Watford who had the better chances, Petr Cech producing a couple of excellent stops to deny the Hornets who were causing all sorts of problems down the right hand side. 1- 0 at the break.

A similar pattern of play emerged in the second half, with Arsenal failing to address Watford's raids down the right. In the 58th minute though they were granted a little breathing space.

Played in by the - once again excellent - Henrikh Mikhtaryan, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang calmly rounded Oretsis Karnezi to slot home.

Two minutes later Watford were handed the chance to get back into the game. Ainsley Maitland-Niles clumsy challenge in the box handing Deeney a chance from the spot. Cech continued his fine display by saving brilliantly.

In the 77th minute it was all over. Aubameyang teeing up Mikhtaryan on the edge of the area, with the man of the match finishing nicely into the corner.

That's 11 wins from 15 at the Emirates now for the Gunners. They get a lot of stick, but Arsene Wenger's men really deserve some praise for the manner in which the have bounced back in the past seven days. Following up an excellent display in the San Siro with this emphatic win. They remain in sixth.

No real harm done in the grand scheme of things for Watford, other than perhaps a slighty dent to their pride. They stay 10th.

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