While Arsenal may have been disappointed to have only managed to snatch a point off of Spurs prior to the international break, the mood in the Gunners’ camp should be on a high before they make the trip to Watford on Sunday afternoon.
Showing some real resolve to battle back from two goals behind, Unai Emery’s men have lost just one of their opening four Premier League matches so far this season and have their sights firmly set on securing a Champions League return.
On the flip side, while Arsenal might take plenty of positives away from their start, Watford are a side desperate in need of a kick-start.
Surprisingly sacking Javi Garcia earlier in the week, the Hornets find themselves sat at the foot of the table and Sunday’s hosts will also be more than aware of their woeful record against Arsenal.
With the Gunners winning each of their last three meetings against Watford, including a 1-0 win at Vicarage Road back in June, you will be interested to know that Arsenal can be found at 19/20 with Ladbrokes to pick up three points this weekend.
Quique Sánchez Flores returns to Vicarage Road
While Watford may have secured a spot in last seasons FA Cup Final and enjoying their brightest campaign in recent memory, the shock sacking off Javi Garcia earlier in the week surprised many.
Even more surprising for fans around Vicarage Road was the Hornets decision to announce former boss Quique Sánchez Flores as his immediate replacement.
Managing to just scrape a controversial 1-1 draw against Newcastle prior to the break, Flores finds his new squad low on both form and confidence.
One of just two sides still searching for their first victory and collecting just a single point out of a possible 12, a huge part of Watford’s major issue so far has been their form in the final third.
With attacking talisman Troy Deeney still yet to feature, the Hornets have bagged just two goals in their opening four appearances, the worst record of any side entering September.
Also drawing a blank in each of their three previous defeats against Arsenal, you will be interested to know that Sunday’s hosts are pencilled in at 12/5 with Bet365 to draw another blank this weekend.
Positives for Unai Emery
Although on paper Arsenal may have now dropped back-to-back points against Tottenham and Liverpool, that doesn’t quite tell the whole story.
Battling back from two goals behind to pick up a point in the North London derby last time out, Head Coach Unai Emery has plenty of positives to take away and his side have lost just one of their opening four appearances.
Opting to spend big over the summer, Arsenal now also appear to be in pole position to clinch a top-four return with the Bookmakers.
Sunday’s guests can be found at 8/11 with SkyBet to secure a Champions League finish come May, ahead of Manchester United and Chelsea who sit at 13/8 and 5/2 respectively.
Elsewhere, one man to watch at Vicarage Road this weekend will be Arsenal’s leading marksman, Pierre-EmerickAubameyang.
Once again finding the net against Spurs prior to the international break, the Gabon international can be found at 6/5 with Ladbrokes to extend that run across London on Sunday.