Arsenal will go head-to-head with Watford on Saturday in their third Premier League game of the campaign, with the Gunners looking for nothing other than a win.
Arséne Wenger’s side managed to nick only a point from their first two games, with the Gunners sufferring defeat against Liverpool and playing out a goalless draw against reigning champions Leicester City. Therefore, earning three points against at Vicarage Road is paramount and Wenger and his boys will certainly be up for it.
The 66-year old Frenchman will want to field a strong team against The Hornets who made life difficult for Chelsea last week before The Blues eventually secured three points.
Hence, below is how we believe The Gunners will line up:
No doubt about it, Petr Cech will continue in goal for Arsenal – barring any injury issue – and the experienced shot stopper will be looking to keep another clean sheet to help his side to victory.
We could be in for a huge surprise as the Arsenal defence could witness a notable change. Shkodran Mustafi is expected to complete his medicals in London today and the Valencia defender is expected to go straight into the team to partner Laurent Koscielny in Arsenal’s rearguard. However, Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal are to resume right-back and left-back duties respectively.
Francis Coquelin and Jack Wilshere are likely to be Wenger’s prefence in central midfield on Saturday, with summer signing from Borussia Monchengladbach, Granit Xhaka, failing to live up to expectations against Leicester last weekend.
Chilean ace Alexis Sanchez is likely to be withdrawn from his makeshift striker role to play on the left wing, while Theo Walcott will start from the right side of attack. Mesut Ozil should return to the starting line-up on Saturday, after his impressive cameo appearance against The Foxes.
France international, Olivier Giroud, will be given the nod to spearhead the attack come Saturday. Wenger will want to field Giroud from the start, as he aims to lead his side to victory against Watford. Meanwhile, Lucas Perez – who is also expected to complete his transfer from Deportivo La Coruna today – is likely to be on the Arsenal bench.
Arsenal’s Probable Line-up [4-2-3-1]: Cech; Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Coquelin, Wilshere; Walcott, Ozil, Sanchez; Giroud. Time: 3pm.