Arsenal v Watford: Gunners to exact revenge against travel-sick Hornets

Arsenal welcome Watford to the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon, and are favourites to pick up all three points given the woeful form of the visitors on the road of late.

It’s revenge time, having lost the reverse meeting at Vicarage Road with striker Troy Deeney publicly calling out the club for having no guts.

Arsenal have struggled in recent weeks, but a surprise Europa League win could be the confidence boost they needed to get back on track in the top flight. Watford have been in fine form themselves of late, but they’ve been waiting some time for an away win that may not come on Sunday.

Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal side are currently sixth in the Premier League table with 45 points from 29 games this season, coming off the back of four defeats from their last five outings. The Gunners won against AC Milan at the San Siro on Thursday, however, so Watford shouldn’t take their opponents for granted.

As for the Hornets, Javi Gracia’s side are four places and nine points worse off than Arsenal in the table but boast three wins from four ahead of their trip to the Emirates. Away from home, however, has been another story, with Watford managing just one win in 11.

Watford have been a bogey team of Arsenal’s, beating them in their last two league meetings and in two of their last three head-to-heads at the Emirates (in all competitions). Nevertheless, Watford’s poor away form could see them fall short this time.

Crippy can be found on Twitter (@CrippyCooke). He is a sports journalist who has written for the Independent, Bleacher Report, Huffington Post, Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph among others. Crippy treats football gossip with a dash of cynicism and loves tearing apart outlandish rumours.

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