After losing two in a row in August, the Gunners have won six of their past seven games and earned a respectable 0-0 draw at Chelsea.
|Game||Watford vs Arsenal|
|Date||Saturday, October 14|
|Time||17:30 BST / 12:30 ET|
TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM
In the UK, the match will be available to watch live on television on BT Sport 1 or by stream via the BT Sport app.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
|BT Sport 1||BT Sport app|
In the US, the match will be available to watch live on television on NBC and by stream via NBC Sports Live.
|US TV channel||Online stream|
|NBC||NBC Sports Live|
SQUADS & TEAM NEWS
|Goalkeepers||Bachmann, Gomes, Karnezis|
|Defenders||Britos, Kaboul, Prodl, Mariappa, Femenia, Janmaat, Holebas, Dja Djedje, Kabasele, Mason, Wague, Zeegelaar|
|Midfielders||Cleverley, Hughes, Doucoure, Watson, Capoue, Pereyra, Carrillo|
|Forwards||Deeney, Sinclair, Okaka, Richarlison, Gray|
Watford will hope to have centre-backs Younes Kaboul and Sebastian Prodl back from injury.
Craig Cathcart does not look likely to return from his knee problem, though, while Tommie Hoban and Nathaniel Chalobah are long-term absentees.
Isaac Success was reportedly arrested earlier this week and will not be involved.
Potential starting XI: Gomes; Femenia, Prodl, Kaboul, Holebas; Doucoure, Capoue; Carrillo, Cleverley, Richarlison; Gray.
|Goalkeepers||Ospina, Cech, Macey|
|Defenders||Kolasinac, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Holding, Monreal, Chambers, Bellerin|
|Midfielders||Ramsey, Wilshere, Ozil, Iwobi, Xhaka, Coquelin, Elneny, Maitland-Niles, Willock, Reine-Adelaide|
|Forwards||Alexis, Giroud, Walcott, Welbeck, Lacazette, Nelson, Akpom|
Shkodran Mustafi suffered a thigh injury on international duty that has ruled him out for at least a month and Santi Cazorla remains out.
Francis Coquelin, Calum Chambers, Mesut Ozil and Danny Welbeck are back in contention but could be eased in, while Alexis Sanchez will be assessed after returning from Chile duty.
Laurent Koscielny and Sead Kolasinac will also have their fitness tested late in the week after Achilles and hip problems.
Potential starting XI: Cech; Holding, Koscielny, Monreal; Bellerin, Ramsey, Xhaka, Kolasinac; Welbeck, Lacazette, Iwobi.
BETTING & MATCH ODDS
Arsenal are 4/6 favourites to win, according to dabblebet, with Watford priced at 4/1 and the draw available at 16/5.
All things considered, it has not been too bad of a start to the season for Arsenal.
The Gunners suffered consecutive defeats in August and another mauling at Liverpool that had many anticipating another crisis, but they recovered with a good September.
That has left them a point behind Tottenham, level with Chelsea and, ironically, a point ahead of Liverpool.
There is little evidence to suggest Arsenal are capable of mounting a title challenge this year. The Manchester clubs look too strong, and Arsene Wenger's team remains in a state of flux with Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez's contracts running down.
Wenger even suggested this week that the club would consider offers for both players in January.
But Arsenal have shown enough to suggest they may be able to put themselves in the mix for the top four, even if the other three clubs they will be competing with might all still be favoured over them for now.
Where they go from there remains cloudy.