Arsenal Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Watford

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Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League match at Emirates Stadium on Saturday

Arsenal return to Premier League action on Saturday when they face Watford at Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners have won their last four league games and come off the back of an impressive Carabao Cup third round win over Championship side Brentford.

Vast changes are expected to be made by Unai Emery against the Hornets, who are likely to be led by Troy Deeney.

Deeney famously said that Arsenal 'lacked cajones' following their 2-1 defeat at Vicarage Road last season, although he saw his penalty saved by Petr Cech in the reverse fixture at the Emirates in March.


Arsenal injuries


Sead Kolasinac made the substitutes bench against Brentford and will also likely be in the matchday squad for this one.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles is on the road to recovery following his injury, while Laurent Koscielny is back in light training and Carl Jenkinson remains out with an ankle injury.


Arsenal suspensions


Arsenal have no suspensions for this game but Christian Kabasele misses out for Watford.


Possible Arsenal starting line-up


Emery could continue with Henrikh Mkhitaryan on the inside right position due to his productive partnership with Hector Bellerin down the flank.

Alexandre Lacazette will come back into the starting line-up after being benched against Brentford, with Sokratis and Bellerin also set to return to the defence.

The midfield partnership of Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira also looks set to continue.

Arsenal XI


Watford team news


Watford defender Daryl Janmaat will be out of action for six weeks with a knee injury.

Troy Deeney was a doubt with an ankle injury but he was quoted as saying "it is nothing an injection can't help and it will take more than that to stop me playing against Arsenal away."

Tom Cleverley, Gerard Deulofeu, Sebastian Prodl, Stefano Okaka Chuka and Miguel Britos are all out.


TV coverage & kick-off time


Kick-off is 3pm BST (10am ET) on Saturday September 29, and the game will not be shown on TV in the United Kingdom. It will be shown on NBC Sports Gold in the United States, and on various channels around the world.


Best Opta match facts


  • Arsenal have won eight of their 10 Premier League games against Watford, but those two defeats have come in the last three meetings in the competition.

  • Watford have picked up three victories in their last six matches versus Arsenal in all competitions (L3), this after losing each of the previous six in a row.

  • Watford have lost 15 of their last 16 away games against the ‘big six’ sides in the Premier League, though the solitary win in that run did come at the Emirates (2-1 in January 2017).

  • Arsenal striker 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 the Emirates for Arsenal was Robin van Persie in the 2011-12 campaign.

  • Since his debut in the competition, only Mohamed Salah (16) has scored more Premier League goals than Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (12, level with Harry Kane).

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