Seven down, thirty one games left to go. Following the second international break of the season, Arsenal visit the Vicarage road. The team is in a rich run of form after managing to deal with what one can surely call humiliation at Anfield in the end of August. Arsene Wenger’s men won six and drew one of their last seven games in all competitions as the draw was fought at Stamford Bridge, a place where Arsenal don’t enjoy pretty good results in recent years.

The match

Arsenal is still yet to score a goal, respectively win a game away from the Emirates this season with three games played and only one point gained from them. The talking point here is the team’s recent performance. Easily one of the best performances of the season so far came in the last away game against Chelsea. If Arsenal manage to maintain the momentum in the Watford game, Arsene Wenger’s men will make it easier for themselves to achieve their first away victory. Despite the fact that only one point separates both sides in the table, with all due respect they have different goals and everything apart from a good display at the Vicarage road would feel like another kick in the teeth. Marco SIlva’s men hold the 8-th spot but they are surprisingly yet to win at home. After three home fixtures, they drew twice vs Liverpool and Brighton and got humiliated by the high flying Manchester City in their last home game by conceding six and scoring exactly none. Last year Arsenal just needed the first half to take all the points from Vicarage road after goals from Santi Cazorla, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil. Overall Arsenal won 8 of their last 10 games against Watford in all competitions.

Team news

It was vital for Arsenal to collect all their players injury free after the long international break. Unfortunately Shkodran Mustafi suffered a muscle tear and will be missed until after the next Interlull. There are doubts over the skipper Laurent Koscielny, who faces a late fitness test and the new Bosnian boy – Sead Kolasinac, who will be assessed just before the game. There might be some psychological issues too as Alexis Sanchez, Aaron Ramsey and Sead Kolasinac failed to make it to ne next year’s World Cup. Apart from that Alexis came back late from Chilie and he is expected to be left out of the starting lineup in order to get some rest as he played full 90 minutes in both his country’s games. On the good news front, Arsene Wenger received a huge boost as Mesut Ozil and Danny Welbeck resumed training after short spell on the sidelines.

Expected lineup: Arsenal (3-4-3)

Czech; Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal; Bellerin, Kolasinac, Xhaka, Ramsey; Ozil, Lacazette, Welbeck;