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Last updated on: 12/04/19 6:09 pm

Watford hosts Arsenal in the Vicarage Road on Monday night football

Watford hosts Arsenal in the Vicarage Road on Monday night football

Arsenal face FA Cup finalist Watford in Vicarage Road as he aims to reach his top four goals on Monday night.

Arsenal have yet to concede a goal this season in the Premier League, a run that has expanded to 15 games. Unai Emery insists, however, that the mentality of his players is on the move.

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Highlights from Watford's 4-1 win over Fulham in the Premier League

Highlights from Watford's 4-1 win over Fulham in the Premier League

"We talked a lot about it to make it better and better," he said.

"We have sometimes shown passion, and passion can create and improve that spirit, but we can be happy because we find good performance at home.

"We can criticize ourselves for our performance, but while we know we can do it and improve our performance, I'm sure we'll find it.

"Every game is a great opportunity for us to be competitive and get closer to the outcome."

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Watford will do without Jose Holebas, Domingos Quina and Tom Cleverley.

Holebas suffered a thigh injury in the FA Cup semi-finals, Quina has a shoulder injury and Cleverley a calf problem.

Ben Foster returns to the gate after Heurelho Gomes has played Wels in the Wembley victory.

Arsenal will be without the barred Sokratis. The Greek international had received a tenth booking of the campaign this weekend in defeat to Everton and then received a two-game ban.

Arsenal will fail without Sokratis Papastathopoulos

Arsenal will fail without Sokratis Papastathopoulos

The Gunners will be hopeful. Granit Xhaka (groin) is fit enough to be involved, although Danny Welbeck (ankle), Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin (both knee) are still missing after a long injury.

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  • Watford have lost four of their last five home games against Arsenal in the Premier League, but beat the Gunners in their last meeting last season (2-1).
  • Arsenal have not lost two consecutive league games since his series of three defeats in Watford in November 1987.
  • None of the eleven previous Premier League meetings between Watford and Arsenal ended in a draw (nine wins for Arsenal, two for Watford); Only four games in the competition were played more often without sharing the loot (Manchester United vs. Wigan (16), Aston Villa vs. Derby (14), Derby vs. Leicester (12) and Manchester United vs. Watford (12)).
  • Watford has won only two of its 15 Premier League games on a Monday (D5 L8); a 4-2 win over Portsmouth in April 2007 and a 4-1 win over Chelsea in February 2018.
  • Arsenal have won seven of their last eight Premier League games on a Monday and lost to Crystal Palace in April 2017.
  • Watford have been unbeaten in the last five Premier League home games and have won the last three in a row (D2). They last won four consecutive victories in December 1986 in Vicarage Road that same season.
  • Arsenal have yet to concede a goal in the Premier League this season (15 games). They had last in the first leg between April 1984 and February 1985 (16 games) a long run without conceding.
  • Only one of Arsenal's five away wins this season has won against a side that finished the day in 16th place in the table. The Gunners defeated Bournemouth 8th in 8-1 in November.
  • Watford's Troy Deeney has scored nine goals in the Premier League this season and only scored more in the 2015-16 (13) and 2016-17 (10) campaigns. He could be the third player after Luther Blissett (3) and John Barnes (4), who scored at least 10 goals in three different seasons for the Hornets.
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the top scorer in the Premier League this season with 17 goals. However, he has not been in any of his last five away wins since beating Brighton on Boxing Day.

Merson's predictions

You just do not know what you will get with Arsenal. They watched them play against Everton and they would have thought they were in a relegation battle.

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Highlights from Everton's 1-0 win over Arsenal in the Premier League

Highlights from Everton's 1-0 win over Arsenal in the Premier League

That was bad for a team trying to consolidate their position among the top four. They would probably have been there if they won the game. There is just nothing there.

They can win ten games at home in a trot, but they have not conceded a goal in the league all season long.

Watford usually harasses her, and Arsenal will deal with Napoli at the same time. I feel like a home win, as I believe Arsenal have bigger fish to roast.

PAUL PREDICTES: 2-1

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