We’re back to club football this weekend after what proved to be a surprisingly entertaining international break. Arsenal will be looking to pick up right where we left off, with a trip to Watford hopefully proving as successful as our last Premier League game – in which we took apart Manchester United in the opening 20 minutes of the game.
It’s pretty much all good news ahead of our trip to Vicarage Road, with everyone seemingly returning from international duty unscathed. There’s a slight concern over Alexis Sanchez – who may be suffering from fatigue following his exertions with Chile – and the 26-year-old will be facing a late fitness test (via Sky Sports).
The report reveals that Laurent Koscielny may also be fit after some recent injury problems, but with Gabriel Paulista and Per Mertesacker available Arsene Wenger may prefer not to risk him. Sky also claims that Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini could be available, but with Francis Coquelin our undisputed first choice neither player is likely to start.
Watford don’t seem to have too many concerns either, with the report claiming Valon Behrami, Ikechi Anya, and Allan Nyom are all in contention to start after recovering from injury.
They also have Odion Ighalo leading the line, who has scored in five consecutive games for the Horns.
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Whoever manager Quique Sanchez Flores chooses to start, we should be more than capable of taking all three points. Let’s just hope we don’t have too many tired legs after a long international break.