Premier League football is back again after yet another international break, this one was a bit more meaningful though. However, nothing beats watching Arsenal on the weekend does it?
Tomorrow our return to league football sees us play a Watford side who have been praised highly this season under their new manager Marco Silva.
The Hornets currently occupy 8th place, three places and a point behind Arsenal and might have some reason to come into this game with a bit more confidence than usual.
First off, they’ll be coming in off the back of handing us our last defeat at The Emirates in January (which ended 2-1) as well as Arsenal picking up an injury too many during the break.
On the team news, Arsene Wenger said:
“We have a minor hip problem with Sead Kolasinac, we will check that today (Thursday)
We lost Mustafi for about four-six weeks, he won’t be available before the next international break.”
Furthermore, Laurent Koscielny is still a doubt for the game but due to Mustafi’s injury, the Frenchman will be having a test today to see if he can get a green light for tomorrow.
On a more positive note though, Wenger added:
“Ozil and Welbeck are back with the group training.” The pair are both in contention for tomorrow’s game.
The run up to this game has also given gooners a reason to smile, having not lost a game since August and not looking to have any issues with seeing out games over the past month and some change.
Also, going into this fixture historically hasn’t been the worst thing for us either, having won three of the clubs’ last five meetings, two of those victories coming at Vicarage Road, the home of Watford.
In our last visit to Vicarage Road which saw us win 3-1, we also caught our last glimpse of Jack Wilshere in an Arsenal shirt for the 2016/17 season.
However, this time around the circumstances look to be very different as Wenger looks to be taking a fancy to Wilshere again:
“I believe that at the moment Jack is in the best form I’ve seen him in a long time, he’s very close to be considered, if he keeps going like he’s going, he’ll go to the World Cup. I’m sure
“He’s already played in a few games for us this season and he will play in many more.”
With the next stretch of games coming against teams like Red Star Belgrade, Norwich City and Swansea City, you can see that Wilshere will probably start in these games to find consistent form, however, when he does finally break back into the Premier League squad, it should be exciting times.