It has certainly been a while since Arsenal last played, and the World has seemingly turned on it’s head since the last match. However, this weekend, sees the Gunners playing Watford – the team with a great manager, but currently holding the worst home record in the league.
What is even more encouraging has been the upsurge in form by the Gunners. Since losing to Manchester United and Everton away, the Gunners have scored 10 in their last 3 away games! See the table below and Arsenal’s form is clearly seen to have turned a corner:
|2 Dec 2021||Manchester United v Arsenal||L||3-2|
|6 Dec 2021||Everton v Arsenal||L||2-1|
|18 Dec 2021||Leeds United v Arsenal||W||1-4|
|26 Dec 2021||Norwich City v Arsenal||W||0-5|
|10 Feb 2022||Wolverhampton Wanderers v Arsenal||W||0-1|
On the other hand, Watford’s last 5 home games have not added a single point to their campaign, so form is very much against them. However, with a new manager, things should improve. Despite this, it is unlikely that this will have any significant impact on this game, so whilst Watford should show more fight at home against the Gunners, it will probably fall short of what is needed.
|5||Brighton & Hov…||0||0||0||0||0||0||+0||0|
|19||West Ham United||0||0||0||0||0||0||+0||0|
As you can see from the table, Arsenal have more than doubled the points tally of Watford, with 45 points compared to only 19. And, with 12 games left or so, Watford need at least 20 points approximately to avoid relegation, which is nearly 2 points per game. Can they do this? Highly unlikely, however they have little choice but to try, so expect them to at least start on the front foot against the Gunners.
However, even if that doesn’t materialise just yet, it will almost certainly happen at some point. They key for the Gunners is to ensure that they steamroller ‘lesser’ teams like Watford, in order to be able to drop a few points in the tougher matches.
|August 5, 2022|
|August 6, 2022|
|AFC Bournemouth||14:00||Aston Villa|
|Newcastle United||14:00||Nottingham Forest|
|Leeds United||14:00||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|August 7, 2022|
|Manchester United||13:00||Brighton & Hov…|
|West Ham United||15:30||Manchester City|
|August 13, 2022|
|Manchester City||14:00||AFC Bournemouth|
|Nottingham Forest||14:00||West Ham United|
|Brighton & Hov…||14:00||Newcastle United|
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