Two out-of-form sides meet at the Emirates on Saturday, with the hosts looking to consolidate their position in the top four, and their visitors hoping to avoid a fourth straight Premier League defeat.
Arsenal looked more like their usual selves as they comfortably negotiated a potentially tricky match at Everton a fortnight ago, but that came with its own frustrations for Gunners fans; if they had replicated that performance across the previous month, they would still be in the title race.
A lack of goals on home turf has held Arsenal back this season; they have scored just 19 times in front of their own fans, the same home total as Louis van Gaal’s much-maligned Manchester United.
Alex Iwobi scored on his first league start at Goodison Park last time out and could continue in Arsenal’s frontline, with England Euro 2016 hopefuls Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain both struggling for form.
Watford claimed a famous win at the Emirates in the FA Cup three weeks ago, and will be looking to repeat the feat and in turn end a miserable run of league form.
Their three straight defeats – and just two wins in their last ten games overall – has seen the Hornets slip from the top half to 14th, a position that all Watford fans would have accepted at the start of the season, but one that seems somewhat disappointing after a promising start.
The Hornets only league win at Arsenal came back in 1988, but Quique Sanchez Flores’ side have won an impressive five games on their travels this season and will fancy their chances of causing another upset in north London.
Arsenal could welcome back Petr Cech in goal after a five-game absence because of a calf problem, while Jack Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky are back in training but won’t be risked for this one.
Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all remain on the sidelines because of injury.
For the visitors, Flores looks set to continue with a similar starting XI to the one he has used for most of the campaign, but Joel Ekstrand and Tommie Hoban are likely to be missing.
League Position: Arsenal – 3rd (55 pts); Watford – 14th (37 pts)
Last Meeting: Arsenal 1-2 Watford (March 13, 2015)
Form: Arsenal – WWLLDW; Watford – LWDLLL
Key Men: Arsenal – Mesut Ozil; Watford – Troy Deeney
Shoot Says: Arsenal 2-0 Watford