Arsenal have the opportunity to climb back into the top four in the Premier League on Monday when they take on Watford at Vicarage Road.
Unai Emery’s side suffered a blow in their hunt for a Champions League finish in the division last week by losing to Everton, but they responded to that defeat with a convincing victory over Napoli in the Europa League quarter-final first leg.
The Gunners’ away form has been abysmal this season and they have won just twice on the road in their last 10 attempts – against Blackpool in the FA Cup and Huddersfield in the league – with surprising losses coming against the likes of West Ham, BATE and Rennes.
While Arsenal have already beaten Watford this season – a 2-0 win at home last September – the Hornets come into the match on a high after booking their place in the FA Cup final and Javi Gracia will be determined to build on that achievement.
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial).
New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV, as well as on a web browser.
In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be broadcast on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League and can be streamed via BT Sport Live.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
|Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Premier League||Sky Go|
Squads & Team News
|Goalkeepers||Gomes, Foster, Dahlberg|
|Defenders||Janmaat, Britos, Prodl, Mariappa, Masina, Cathcart, Femenia, Navarro, Kabasele|
|Midfielders||Sema, Chalobah, Doucoure, Hughes, Capoue, Pereyra, Deulofeu|
|Forwards||Deeney, Success, Penaranda, Gray|
Defender Jose Holebas will be unavailable for the game against the Gunners after injuring his hamstring in Watford’s FA Cup semi-final win over Wolves.
Tom Cleverly has a calf issue which will keep him out of action, while Domingos Quina is also sidelined.
Possible Watford starting XI: Foster; Mariappa, Cathcart, Femenia, Masina; Hughes, Capoue, Doucoure, Pereyra; Deulofeu, Deeney.
|Goalkeepers||Cech, Leno, Iliev|
|Defenders||Koscielny, Lichtsteiner, Monreal, Mustafi, Jenkinson, Mavropanos, Kolasinac|
|Midfielders||Elneny, Mkhitaryan, Ramsey, Xhaka, Torreira, Ozil, Maitland-Niles, Iwobi, Suarez, Guendouzi, Willock, Saka|
|Forwards||Aubameyang, Lacazette, Nketiah|
Arsenal will be without Sokratis, who is suspended after accumulating 10 yellow cards, while the likes of Hector Bellerin, Danny Welbeck and Rob Holding are long-term absentees.
Granit Xhaka is the main concern for the Gunners and the Switzerland international will be given an assessment closer to kick-off.
Possible Arsenal starting XI: Leno; Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Maitland-Niles, Guendouzi, Ramsey, Kolasinac; Ozil; Aubameyang, Lacazette.
Betting & Match Odds
Arsenal are 23/20 favourites to win with bet365. Watford’s chances, meanwhile, are put at 23/10 and a draw is available at 29/10.
Of Arsenal’s seven Premier League losses this season six have come at home and with four more away games left in their season run-in the Gunners are aware they need to improve.
Defeat against Everton at Goodison Park last weekend was a blow in the chase for a Champions League finish, but they can retake their place in the top four by beating Watford on Monday.
“If we want to play in the Champions League then we need to fix up straight away on our away form,” Gunners forward Alex Iwobi said ahead of the game against Watford.
“We know how vital these four away games will be and we’re going to put in our all to try and get back into the Champions League again.”
Arsenal lost 2-1 against Watford at Vicarage Road last season, a result which Hornets striker Troy Deeney declared was an example of the north London outfit’s lack of ‘cojones’.
However, despite their poor away form, having already taken three points at their expense this season, Emery’s men will be confident they can repeat the feat.