PL: Arsenal v Watford | September 29, 2018 15:00 BST

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Match Prediction for El Clasicajones

Poll closed Sep 29, 2018.
  1. Arsenal Win

  2. Draw

  3. Watford Win

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  1. American_Gooner

    American_Gooner Not actually American. Unless Di Marzio says so. Moderator


    Anthony Taylor

    • Arsenal have won eight of their 10 PL meetings with Watford but those two defeats have come in the last three meetings.
    • Watford have picked up three victories in their last six matches against Arsenal in all competitions.
    • Arsenal's last home PL defeat in a match kicking off at 15:00 on a Saturday was on the opening day of the 2013/14 season when they lost to Aston Villa.
    • Alexandre Lacazette has scored in each of his last four home starts in the Premier League, netting five goals in total. The last player to score in five successive starts at Emirates Stadium for Arsenal was Robin van Persie in 2011/12.

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  2. Ozil'sCloakOfInvisibility

    Ozil'sCloakOfInvisibility Not a Closet Spurs Fan

    This is gonna be a tough one. Read somewhere that Watford have won a lot of possession in the final third with their pressing, which seems to be a problem with us right now. That moron Deeney would be up Xhaka's ass all game. Kabesele being suspended for them is good though.
  3. Wryer

    Wryer Well-Known Member

    Start Welbeck.

    Fk Deeney.
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  4. razörist

    razörist Soft With The Ladies, Hard With The Mes

    This is it. The first game of the 'easy' streak I feared. Come on Emery, show us what you are worth.
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  5. Mark Tobias

    Mark Tobias Mr. Agreeable

    Very nervous about this one. Glad we're at home. As @Özil'sCloakOfInvisibility mentioned their press is deadly. We're one cech pass away from conceding in this one.
  6. ThlRama

    ThlRama Well-Known Member

    Is he that good? Can you elaborate this point a little bit please, I never thought of him as that important, maybe I didn't notice.

    On another note, I'd like to see the following:

    Bellerin - Mustafi - Sokratis - Kolasinac
    Guendouzi - Torreira
    Özil - Ramsey - Welbeck
    Don't know how ready Sokratis and Kola are, but Monreal definitely needs to be treated with care. And we need Sead's physicality for this.

    Guendouzi and Torreira are the most press-resistant midfielders we have, if Xhaka is needed for chance creation he can come on after the break.

    Welbeck has been amazing and has great workrate, again Auba can come after the break if we need a pacey forward.
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2018
  7. Mark Tobias

    Mark Tobias Mr. Agreeable

    Did you mean PEA after the break? You have Laca listed in the lineup...
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  8. ThlRama

    ThlRama Well-Known Member

    Yeah, let me edit that.
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  9. Mraven

    Mraven Well-Known Member

    This is rubbish. Mobility and ability to carry the ball does not equal press resistance. Xhaka’s passes through the lines are way more efficient to avoid the press

    I like Guendouzi, but his passing is not yet good enough to build up play from the back
  10. Mark Tobias

    Mark Tobias Mr. Agreeable

    Now I can agree with it entirely:)
  11. yousif_arsenal

    yousif_arsenal King of Twitter Rumours Moderator

    A routine 2-0 3-1 win as much as they been on form this year but at home against these teams we are too good.

    Bellerin Sokratis Mustafi Kola
    Torreira Xhaka
    Auba Özil Iwobi
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  12. redanddread

    redanddread The stone that the builders refuse

    Tough game and they'll come to bully us for sure. Hopefully our firepower will turn up and we can eke out a tough 3pts. Tough it will be.
  13. idan

    idan Member

    Bellerin Holding Sokratis(Mustafi) Monreal
    Guendouzi Torreira
    Auba Özil Iwoby

    if Sokratis cant play,then play Mustafi.
    Leno need to start playing regulary.
    and give this mid a run of games to make a bond.
  14. hydrofluoric acid

    hydrofluoric acid Many Men Wish Death Upon Me

    Bellerin Holding Sokratis Monreal
    Torreira Xhaka
    Welbeck Guendouzi Iwobi
  15. Ozil'sCloakOfInvisibility

    Ozil'sCloakOfInvisibility Not a Closet Spurs Fan

    He's started every single game for them and to me he's looked impressive every time I've seen him. He's a big physical presence and assured on the ball. He was unfortunate to see red last night and I think Watford will appeal it. They will probably bring in Mariappa in his place if it's turned down, who's not as commanding tbh.
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  16. Ozil'sCloakOfInvisibility

    Ozil'sCloakOfInvisibility Not a Closet Spurs Fan

  17. ThlRama

    ThlRama Well-Known Member

    It always seemed to me like Cathcart was more important, but I'm not a specialist regarding their team. Still, Mariappa was decent last season, let's see if he can do a job - hopefully not! Janmaat is a big blow though.
  18. Notorious Big

    Notorious Big Drunka In Friend Zone

    Think that we'll win this one.Watford played some good stuff since the start of the season,but their defence look kinda poor.They let too much space in final third.3-1 for Arsenal.
  19. Song Billong

    Song Billong Well-Known Member

    No Ramsey.
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  20. Beksl

    Beksl Sell All The Youngsters

    If Watford (looking at you Deeney) think they can bully this team they’re in for a surprise. We’re way past this stigma of soft Arsenal with the likes of Sokratis, Xhaka, Torreira, Laca Auba. They’ll probably try to target Özil but he’s been shifted to the wings and is not influencing the game as he used to.

    We’ll find it tough at the beginning because of their pressing game but they’ll eventually ran out of steam and we’ll give them a proper trashing.

    4-1 , 2x Auba, Laca and late screamer from Welbzinho.
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2018
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