The Premier League is finally back after two weeks of boredom and misery. Arsenal will travel to Vicarage Road to take on a Watford side who are already under a new manager. Quique Sanchez Flores replaced Javi Gracia after a torrid start and that will make it difficult for the Gunners.
Flores’ sides have always been organised and are incredibly hard to break down. A 4-4-2 formation is expected with as many as eight players guarding the goal when they lose the ball. The likes of Deulofeu and Sarr will look to counter-attack and we could also see Danny Welbeck face us for the first time since leaving us this summer.
Unai Emery has won just once in seven games against Flores over the years but that shouldn’t have any bearing over this weekend’s game. Arsenal will need to exploit the tight spaces and find gaps to release our front three of Aubameyang, Lacazette and Pepe.
On paper, this game looks perfect for someone like Mesut Ozil who is yet to feature for us this season. The German excels in finding killer passes when there is very limited space and that could be hugely beneficial for the Gunners on Sunday.
However, Emery has been reluctant to start Ozil in away games due to concerns over his work rate. The ideal alternative would be Dani Ceballos who was brilliant for Spain during the international break.
Ceballos, in a number 10 role, should be good enough to unlock Watford’s compact formation on Sunday. David Luiz and Sokratis will need to step up considering that Rob Holding has returned to full fitness.