Well that was more like it wasn’t it, after a string of poor results, Arsenal bounced back in their Europa League round of 16 1st leg game against A.C. Milan.
Unlike in the games before that, the Gunners put in a very assured performance at the San Siro but they’ll need to back that up as they return to Premier League action this weekend.
In another Thursday-Sunday turnaround, Arsenal welcome Watford to The Emirates in what will be a tough game for the home side.
Usually, playing at The Emirates would give Arsenal more confidence but whether Thursday’s win in Milan has truly boosted the side, we’ll find out on Sunday.
Despite Watford being a side that on paper, Arsenal should beat more often than not, that hasn’t been that case recently.
In the last five meetings between the sides, Watford have come out on top on three occasions, including in the last two games between the clubs.
One player who has been picking up in form for the Hornets of late is Troy Deeney. The striker has scored three goals in his last four games and has shown massive improvement since Javier Gracia’s arrival as manager.
However, one thing that Deeney has shown in his time at Watford is consistency, even with their constant switching of managers. This has been demonstrated in a more relevant sense in games against Arsenal as he has managed to score in both of Watford’s two previous wins against the gunners.
Coming into this game off the back of such an important European triumph should help lift the squad ahead of Sunday’s game.
As well as coming into the game off a huge win, there were some huge performances which could be built on over the next stretch of games.
Firstly, Mesut Ozil has started to create goals again, grabbing a couple assists at San Siro seeing the amount of goals he’s directly involved in for Arsenal reach the 100 mark (63 assists, 37 goals).
Now that he has found his appetite for creating goals again, everything else in his game should fall together nicely like earlier on in the season.
Also, Aaron Ramsey’s return to the side saw him continue his good form as he embarrassed Gianlugi Donnarumma to score on Thursday.
With Ramsey and Ozil returning to form, Henrikh Mkhitaryan getting off the mark and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang available to play again, despite Watford being something of a bogey side for us recently, Sunday could help Arsenal build momentum ahead of the end of the season.