To Help Me Describe the Action.
Here are your teams:
Arsenal (4-2-3-1) Leno; Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, David Luiz, Kolasinac; Xhaka Guendouzi; Pepe, Ozil, Ceballos; Aubameyang.
Substitutes: Martinez, Chambers, Saka, Torreira, Willock, Martinelli, Nelson.
Watford (4-2-3-1) Foster; Kiko Femenia, Dawson, Kabasele, Holebas; Doucoure, Capoue; Hughes, Cleverley, Deulofeu; Gray.
Substitutes: Gomes, Foulquier, Janmaat Mariappa, Chalobah, Sarr, Pereyra.
Referee Anthony Taylor.
Watford, despite being bottom of the table on just a single point, could be a tough opponent today. Quique Sanchez Flores is back for another stint as manager and surely his players will be giving full effort fighting for his attention. The home crowd will want a new start and any player getting the support behind him will capture that much more of the new manager’s eye. Already, the new manager (with one of the finest beards in all of sports) is back to his stalwart keeper, Ben Foster, and a back four. Interesting…
Arsenal make two changes from the North London Derby of two weeks ago. Mesut Ozil not only dresses but actually starts, while Dani Ceballos also comes in. Alexandre Lacazette is being given time to heal from an ongoing ankle problem while Lucas Torreira will offer his services from the bench. It’s a strong, attacking line-up, especially for an away game, but, with Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United all winning full points this weekend, manager Unai Emery, must feel that his Arsenal team need to do likewise.
So, what do you think of the line-up? How will the match unfold? Is Emery really going to allow his team to press forward, looking for an early goal, or will it all be more cagey than that?
I’m headed back to the espresso machine for a booster shot (or two) but I could use as many pairs of eyes as I can get as I try and describe the action. Please join me in the comments. Or at least (put down that glass of wine) and leave a half-time comment or two. In other words, don’t be shy, your take is a good as mine…
Go on then…