We return to the Premier League after what feels like an age, with a trip to Vicarage Road to take on Watford.
With Manchester City being knocked off their perch in spectacular style against an injury-ravaged Norwich side, it is the perfect reminder to our players that every single match in the Premier League needs to be taken with the utmost care.
No match is easy, and that certainly goes for the Hornets.
With former boss Javi Gracia now departed and another former boss, Quique Sanches Flores in his stead, we also face a potential case of the honeymoon period. This mythic time coincides with a new manager taking the hotseat and overseeing their first results with success. This often allows new managers to wrangle a bigger contract after showing they are up to the job. Sanches Flores has already done so in his first stint in the job, and he will get his men playing decent football.
Back to Arsenal matters, we are in a decent place after four games, with only one loss, but we do need to start grabbing a few clean sheets. We’ve been defensively sound at times this season, but still, one clean sheet from four is hardly watertight.
Plus, Watford have plenty of firepower to hurt us. With Andre Gray and Troy Deeney providing a testing partnership, our centre backs will need to be on their game.
Who will be lining up in our eleven?
We were informed during the week that our Number 9 Alexandre Lacazette will be out until October after playing through the pain so far. That means Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will take the striking spot for the foreseeable, with Nicolas Pepe on the flank.
It should also mean that Reiss Nelson, Emile Smith-Rowe and Mesut Ozil will all have more first team minutes. Ozil especially should have a great shout to get their season underway.
In midfield, Matteo Guendouzi is almost guaranteed a start after his virtuoso display, but Granit Xhaka has some making up to do after his error led to a penalty in the North London Derby.
David Luiz has started the last three games ahead of Calum Chambers, and perhaps Emery may switch things up and give the England defender a start instead?
One thing is for sure, the team that lined up against spurs won’t be the same that takes to the field at The Vicarage.
One To Watch
We played Rennes last season and Sarr was the star man. His pace is frightening and he has a decent goal ratio too. He is the Hornet’s record signing and he will get in and around our centre backs, taking advantage of a weak offside line or any gaps. If we slip, he’ll be there to mop up the mess.
How This Could Go
This game is hard to gauge.
With Sanches Flores coming in for his first game, his players will be pumped to show their new boss what they can do. They want to be first choice and this is now a blank slate so they will press and harry.
Also, we know that Sanches Flores likes to play cosmopolitan football, but will he play a way that the players are more used to in order to enhance the transitional phase?
Arsenal though, need to harness the attacking power we have. If we do that then Watford’s defence will crumble. Pepe could do with a goal too, but creatively, we may be relying on Ceballos rather than Ozil for this one.
Should be a good game. Ignore the physical edge from Deeney and we should grab the points.
Predicted Lineup – Leno, Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, Chambers, Kolasinac, Guendouzi, Torreira, Xhaka, Pepe, Ceballos, Aubameyang
Predicted Scoreline – 3-1 to The Arsenal