The final fixture of the magnificent seven which are on offer today takes us to Vicarage Road as Watford play host to an Arsenal side who are in a rich vein of form. That said Marco Silva’s men are no pushover either as 8th plays host to 5th at the start of the weekend.
Marco Silva’s Watford revolution has taken place at quite the pace as it’s almost night and day when comparing the offerings of last season to this. He has only suffered defeat once in the Premier League while in charge of The Hornets, that being an emphatic 6-0 win for Manchester City.
There’s no shame in that though as they are not the first team to be thumped by Pep Guardiola’s men and they certainly will not be the last. That is a result in isolation but when you look at the other six matches that they have played they have been nothing short of impressive.
You get the feeling that this Watford team are going to entertain this season, they have flaws in defence but at the same time they are creative in the final third of the pitch and the fact that they have scored 11 goals in their first seven games in testament to that.
In the young Brazilian Richarlison they have a player who is certainly capturing the imagination at present as he has scored three goals in the last two games. Not only but he has scored late goals in both matches which have earned Watford important points on the board.
He got the winner against Swansea three weeks ago and then made sure that Watford went home with a share of the points with West Brom a fortnight ago. This afternoon he will look to continue that rich vein form against an Arsenal side who went through September unbeaten.
That impressive run has kickstarted their season after an August to forget both on and off pitch. The transfer saga’s have been parked for at least a few months and Arsene Wenger can solely focus on the main matters in hand that being getting results.
And that is exactly what he has done over the course of last month with 10 points from a possible 12. The only blot on the one hundred percent copy book was the away draw with Chelsea. But in fairness if you were to offer that to Wenger before the game he would have bitten your arm off.
Bar the draw with Chelsea you would have to say that the fixture computer has been kind to Arsenal but at the end of the day you can only beat what is in front of you and The Gunners have done exactly that and by doing so they are building up a head of steam as they look to have their own say in the title race.
The fact that Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil could still well leave in January is still a shadow lurking over the club with Arsene Wenger himself saying that they could both leave when the transfer window re-opens but you get the feeling there is almost an acceptance certainly with the latter that this will be the case and that ultimately life goes on.
The best thing Arsenal as a club can do is try and not only stay on the coat tails of the top three but actually be in the mix for the title, if that is the case come the New Year then it may well mean that the two players in question at least stay until the end of the season in a bid to deliver more silverware at The Emirates.
Ultimately that means picking wins in fixtures such as this and although Watford are very easy on the eye I think they have found their level and may well struggle against an Arsenal side which is in full force right now. I reckon both teams to score but an away win for me.
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— Dan Tracey (@dantracey1983) October 13, 2017