Ahead of the crucial game away at the Vicarage Road Stadium, Arsenal have been handed a timely injury boost that is sure to delight Arsene Wenger. After an inconsistent start to the season, Arsenal have bounced back spectacularly and are now level on points with Chelsea on the league table.
The Gunners have remained unbeaten ever since a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Liverpool at Anfield that raised a lot of questions about our recruitment drive this summer and whether the decision to retain Arsene Wenger was a wise one.
Our opponent after the international break are Watford, managed by the impressive Portuguese manager, Marco Silva that has earned comparison with Wenger’s nemesis, Jose Mourinho.
The likes of Mesut Ozil, Daniel Welbeck and Francis Coquelin are reportedly in advanced stages of their rehabilitation and could make their return in the London Derby according to Football London. The trio is expected to use the international break to step up their returns to full action, though the Gunners did win four matches on the spin without them.
Ozil was heavily criticized by Arsenal legend, Martin Keown recently who claimed that the German had downed tools and had already left the club “emotionally and psychologically” as his contract extension talks remain at a crossroads. The former Real Madrid man has had his knee injury cleared up and is set for a return.
Welbeck injured his groin in the goalless draw away at Chelsea last month but has suffered no major injury and should face the Hornets. The English striker had looked to regain his best form after netting 3 league goals this season before injury struck.
French midfield enforcer, Francis Coquelin has sufficiently recovered from an hamstring complaint suffered in the Carabao Cup victory over Doncaster Rovers. Arsenal can go fourth on the league table if results go our way.