Arsenal welcome out-of-form Watford to the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night, as the Gunners look to keep pace with league leaders Chelsea.
The side from north London head into this clash on the back of a fantastic 5-0 win at Southampton on Saturday evening in the FA Cup fourth round. A hat-trick for Theo Walcott and a brace from Danny Welbeck saw the Gunners coast to a win.
The win came after Arsene Wenger’s side had beaten Burnley 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium, with Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez gave Arsenal a win that took them up to second place in the league table.
Despite moving into second-place, the Gunners are still eight points behind the Blues. Wenger’s side will be highly confident of making it six home wins in a row in the English top-flight.
Arsenal have faced the Hornets on seven occasions in the Premier League and have won all seven encounters.
Watford arrive in north London having suffered a 1-0 defeat at League One Millwall in the FA Cup on Sunday afternoon. The defeat was just a long line in disappointing results for the Hornets in recent weeks.
In fact, the Hornets have not won in their last seven Premier League games, recording one win in their last ten top-flight outings. Walter Mazzarri’s side drew 2-2 at Bournemouth last time out in the Premier League.
Watford have been poor on their travels in the top-flight in recent months, losing five of their last seven outings. Mazzarri’s side have won just twice away from home in the Premier League this season.
A major reason for the Hornets recent poor run of form is their leaky defence, as the Hornets have conceded two or more goals in five of their last six away games in the leagues.
Arsenal will be without Spanish playmaker Santi Cazorla through injury, Granit Xhaka through suspension, while Mohamed Elneny is still at the Africa Cup of Nations with Egypt. Full-back Mathieu Debuchy, midfielders Aaron Ramsey and Francis Coquelin are doubts.
Watford are without full-back Jose Holebas through suspension, while Roberto Pereyra is ruled out through injury. Isaac Success, Christian Kabasele, Nordin Amrabat and Valon Behrami are all fitness doubts.
Arsenal are major favourites to win this clash at odds at 1/ 4, while the draw is odds of 11/2 and Watford are odds of 14/1 to record an unlikely victory in north London.
Arsene Wenger’s side must fancy their chances of recording another home win against a Hornets side lacking confidence in this clash.