Coops Corner

Match preview

Arsenal were accused of lacking the “cojones” to defend a lead at Vicarage Road by Troy Deeney after Watford turned a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 win. Arsenal’s away form is still awful but the addition of Lucas Torreira, who looked fresh as a daisy against Napoli, and Matteó Guendouzi to midfield should add the bite that Deeney found lacking.

Arsenal are yet to register a clean sheet in the Premier League away from home this season, a run which has stretched to 15 matches but Unai Emery insists there is no issue with the mentality of his players on the road.

“We spoke a lot about that, to improve and create it,” he said.

“We did sometimes show passion, and passion can create and improve this spirit but we can be happy because at home we are finding good performance.

“We can be criticising ourselves for our performance away. But also knowing, consistent in our mentality to create that and make our performance better away, I am sure we are going to find.

 “Each match is a big chance for us to be competitive and get closer to the result.”

Match Facts

  • Troy Deeney could become only the third player to score 10+ goals in three different top-flight seasons for Watford after Luther Blissett and John Barnes.
  • Arsenal are yet to keep a clean sheet away from home in the PL this season. Arsenal’s last similar run was between April 1984 and February 1985 when they went 16 away matches without a shutout.
  • Watford have lost four of their previous five home Premier League matches against Arsenal, but beat them 2-1 last season at Vicarage Road.
  • Arsenal have won seven of their last eight PL matches on a Monday, losing only to Crystal Palace in April 2017 during that run.


Team News

Watford will be without Jose Holebas (hamstring), Domingos Quina (shoulder), Tom Cleverley (calf) and Adalberto Penaranda (hamstring).

Gerard Deulofeu and Kiko Femenia were withdrawn during extra-time of last weekend’s FA Cup semi-final but have trained all week and are available.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos begins a two-match ban for Arsenal, who will assess Grant Xhaka (groin) ahead of Monday’s match.

Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding (both knee) and Danny Welbeck (ankle) are long-term absentees.

Final Word

Well…we all know what needs to be done here.

But have Arsenal got the bollocks to pull this one out the bag? Part of me likes to think we are going to turn up and smash these bastards out the park.

Yes, we have Lucas Torreira back, and this little pitbull makes all the difference in my eyes, It’s been a few weeks since Auba has been on the score sheet, so I really fancy him to knock one in.

Him starting with Laca is so, so important, so lets really hit them for six in the first 20 mins. Make these wankers not know what’s hit them.

I’m going for a classy Arsenal away win 3-1 with Torreira and Auba being my anytime goal scorers and Arsenal climbing back into the top four,1 point behind them mugs from the lane.

Till next time Gooners