A trip to Vicarage Road to take on Watford may not be on a par with the San Siro, but it will take just as much spirit to grab the win as it did in defeating AC Milan in the Europa League.

Our win over Gennaro Gattuso’s men was our first since our 3-0 win over Ostersunds in the same competition, and it stands us in good stead for our one remaining hope of silverware.

The Premier League however? We’re still swaying.

We haven’t won since our emphatic 5-1 result over Sam Allardyce’s Everton way back on 3 February. That’s far from good enough and it has seen the gap between us and the top 4 grow to a chasm.

From our position currently, we can count ourselves out of the running, but we do need to put ourselves in a place to mop up should any of that lot above us get sloppy. We finished fifth last season with 75 points, and we’ll fall some way below that this campaign, but we can certainly improve on what we’re forecasted to finish on right now.

That starts against Watford.

The last time we played them at The Emirates, they beat us. We also still have Troy Deeney’s infamous ‘cojones’ statement ringing in our ears, especially since our form has given his slander some clout.

It would be especially nice to prove him wrong, especially as he’ll be playing for sure thanks to his recent form. We’ll need Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi on the form they showed facing off against Milan, rather than the flaky duo who have been present against City and Brighton.

They should be fit, but Calum Chambers could be a doubt after going off injured at the San Siro. Nacho Monreal missed out for our win, but he could be available, all depending on his back injury.

In midfield, Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka were preferred in midweek, and the Swiss midfielder has played a fair amount of consecutive games. Mohamed Elneny is a viable replacement and is fresh, saving our first choice men for the return leg at home on Thursday.

Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan were on song too, and they’ll have the added benefit of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to aim for, as he is once again back in the side after being ineligible for the Europa League. That’ll mean Welbeck will be back for thursday, but it also reinforces the need to rest the England man. Alexandre Lacazette is still out, but is nearing a return to full training. Hector Bellerin is also a doubt.

Watford have plenty of dangermen in attack to cause us problems, even from the bench. Troy Deeney will take the striker spot, but they also have Roberto Peyreyra, Richarlison, Andre Carillo and even Doucoure from deep. Then they have Stefano Okaka and Andre Gray from the bench. Manager Javi Gracia may still be settling in, but he has a plethora of options to choose from.

They won their last game, 1-0 versus bottom club West Brom, but it was by far from convincing. The Baggies were unlucky to come away from nothing, and before Deeney scored what was ultimately the winning goal in the 75th minute West Brom should have taken the lead.

It is clear Gracia hasn’t quite figured out the optimum tactics for his side, and this is perhaps the best time to be facing the Hornets.

Still, we also know that if we perform like we have been before our win in Milan, then no matter how unsettled Watford are on tactics, then we’ll get nothing from the game. Petr Cech is still waiting for his 200th clean sheet, and has been since December!

We need the same pressure, same focus, same intent, all over the pitch.

On the road to recovery, the first step is always the hardest. Let’s win this game and take it from there.

Predicted lineup: Cech, Bellerin, Holding, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Elneny, Ramsey, Ozil, Mkhitaryan, Wilshere, Aubameyang

Predicted Scoreline - 2-0 to The Arsenal #UTA