Newly-promoted side, Watford will be facing an inspired-Arsenal side at home by weekend, and Watford are obvious minnows on paper. The Gunners return from the break off a massive 3-0 victory against bitter rivals Manchester United, and they will definitely desire to hold on to the 2nd position with what should be an emphatic victory against Watford.
Such result will also be on course to get the squad in high spirits as they face Bayern Munich in their next 2 Champions League fixtures, and hope to pick up points in order to increase their chances of qualifying for the 2nd round after having lost their 2 opening games and risking elimination.
Except for Sanchez, who suffered a groin discomfort during the United game, but still played for Chile during the break, and Laurent Koscielny, who picked an hamstring injury while on duty for France, there is bound to be less changes to the starting lineup we saw against United for the Watford game. Arsenal could start the match lined up such:
Czech international, Petr Cech will continue to be in goal, as Wenger won’t afford risking David Ospina in goal for a while.
Monreal and Bellerin are top options to retain the left and right back respectively following their high performance and consistency since season began. With Koscielny out, Per Mertesacker will probably pair up with Gabriel in central defence.
Coquelin will be required to continue his dirty works and provide defensive cover for the back-four, while Santi Cazorla takes charge at the midfield and dictate the play. Ozil will likely get the berth to act in his attacking midfield role.
Ramsey can be relied upon to build up play from the right hand side of the midfield towards the opposition goal, while Sanchez starts in an advanced role up left. The Chile international should be able to play despite his groin issues concern, but he might not be available for 90 minutes.
It can’t be easily predicted if Wenger will like to stick with Walcott upfront, or if he will prefer to choose Giroud who got a brace for France during the brace. Either option shouldnt have problem with the Watford defence.