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Post by urbaNRoots on Fri Oct 16, 2015 2:12 pm

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Saturday 17 October 2015 | Vicarage Road | Kick-off 18:30 CET


Watford vs Arsenal PL 2015/16





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Team news:
Arsenal: Wilshere, Welbeck, Rosicky are out with long term injuries, Arteta and Flamini have returned to training and are available for selection, meanwhile Alexis Sanchez and Koscielny are in a doubt and have to take tests before the manager can see if they are available.

Watford: Jurado and Ekstrand are out with injuries. While Nyom, Paredes, Anya and Behrami are carrying knocks and may or may not play.

Quique Sanchez Flores and Arsene Wenger press conferences





Scouting report by Michael Cox


Newly-promoted Watford boast the most cosmopolitan squad in the Premier League, and for their opening Premier League match this season, manager Quique Sanchez Flores’ starting XI featured 11 different nationalities.

Nevertheless, the Spanish coach has created a harmonious, well-organised side. Tellingly, Watford have scored the joint-fewest goals in the division (6), but also conceded the joint-fewest (7).

They defend in a good, deep, compact shape in two banks of four, then break quickly through the wingers and hit longer balls towards the forwards.They also attempt a higher proportion of their shots from outside the box than any other Premier League team.


Quique Sánchez Flores

Heurelho Gomes has started every match in goal, and is capable of great saves having ironed out the errors that marred his spell with Spurs. He often comes for crosses, taking the pressure off his centre-backs, Craig Cathcart and Sebastian Prödl.

They’re both good in the air but average in possession, so Gomes usually kicks long rather than playing out from the back. Right-back Allan Nyom is a solid defender and attacks powerfully too, although has been struggling with a knee injury this week.

Juan Carlos Paredes, a very attack-minded player, could be his replacement. On the opposite side, Chelsea loanee Nathan Ake started at Bournemouth last time out. A steady, composed player whose future is probably in a central position, Ake at left-back allows Ikechi Anya to push forward to become a winger.

Watford’s midfield is based around Etienne Capoue, who sits deep in a right-of-centre position, breaks up play and boasts a good passing range too. Valon Behrami provides the energy alongside, although his recent suspension allowed Ben Watson to come into the side, playing a similar role.


Capoue

Much of Watford’s passing flows down the flanks. Anya is an energetic, mazy dribbler whereas Almen Abdi prefers to drift inside and play passing combinations with other players, and can shoot from range.

Upfront, Troy Deeney wears number nine but plays the link role neatly, and has assisted three goals this season - all for Odion Ighalo, who plays on the shoulder of the last defender and runs in behind. Watford play good football, but are at their best when attacking directly, so concentration will be vital for Arsenal’s centre-backs.

Read more at http://www.arsenal.com/news/features/20151015/scouting-report-watford#yhMz1vUuUSwpSduS.99

A view from the other side:

nascot wrote:Same as almost everyone else, I can't see us winning. Shame football has got to a stage where we have little hope of beating a few teams.

Grrwood wrote:It would be just typical that after how excellent Gomes has been so far that he has a flop against Arsenal who will be giving him stick all game. Like others have said I just can't see us winning this one, but would love to see signs of more attacking intent and Deeney to be involved in the game more.

phil38 wrote:maybe arsenal will have one of there flopp games, but will be no shame in loosing i suppose.

blahblahblah wrote:Complacent Wenger will put out his second string and blame the ref when we win 2-0. C'mon u Ornnnnnnnnns.

THT81 wrote:They're on too much of a high after Man United and they've already Arsenaled it too many times this season to Arsenal this one too. We've also got at least three players nursing knocks. 0-2.

Arakel wrote:Another free swing game, but Arsenal always seem to have it in them to lose unexpectedly to inferior teams. Hopefully we'll give it a go.

Behrami to get booked for a "strong but fair" challenge on one of their flair midfielders.
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Re: Watford vs Arsenal PL 2015/16

Post by Lex on Fri Oct 16, 2015 3:25 pm

Anything other than a 4 goal demolition will be disappointing

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Re: Watford vs Arsenal PL 2015/16

Post by Lucifer on Fri Oct 16, 2015 4:05 pm

Watford is pretty solid team Wenger shouldn't take it lightly imo
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Re: Watford vs Arsenal PL 2015/16

Post by Raptorgunner on Fri Oct 16, 2015 4:16 pm

Excellent preview Urban. :bow:

Is resting Sanchez even a option?

I dont care about CL game, Wenger must play the best team and win this game. We all know how much Sanchez hates it when he doesn't play.

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Re: Watford vs Arsenal PL 2015/16

Post by Sri on Fri Oct 16, 2015 5:16 pm

I care about the CL game. We need to set things right in CL. We are better than our position reflects.


Without taking them likely and with all due respect, we might as well stop watching Arsenal if they can't beat a Watford side after dismantling a United side.
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Post by Raptorgunner on Fri Oct 16, 2015 7:04 pm


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Re: Watford vs Arsenal PL 2015/16

Post by RealGunner on Fri Oct 16, 2015 7:08 pm

CL is a goner anyways so f resting anyone.

Full strength team and let's get 3 points.

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Re: Watford vs Arsenal PL 2015/16

Post by Sri on Fri Oct 16, 2015 7:58 pm

srigooner wrote:I care about the CL game. We need to set things right in CL. We are better than our position reflects.


WTF happen to my healthy dose of cynicism+realism there :facepalm:
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Re: Watford vs Arsenal PL 2015/16

Post by El Gunner on Fri Oct 16, 2015 10:54 pm

WHAT A PREVIEW :bow: :bow: WORLD CLASS STUFF URBAN

Put out the strongest team you got, don't care about the CL, we'll somehow beat Bayern in one of those games anyhow, because that's just our style.

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They're on too much of a high after Man United and they've already Arsenaled it too many times this season to Arsenal this one too. We've also got at least three players nursing knocks. 0-2.
This guy knows his football beyond his own club Proud

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Re: Watford vs Arsenal PL 2015/16

Post by Sri on Sat Oct 17, 2015 9:24 am

I love Urbi's previews!
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Re: Watford vs Arsenal PL 2015/16

Post by Sri on Sat Oct 17, 2015 9:24 am

FFS still have about 8 hours for the game..
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Re: Watford vs Arsenal PL 2015/16

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Re: Watford vs Arsenal PL 2015/16

Post by Sri on Sat Oct 17, 2015 5:29 pm

Big rivals win. whats the bet we'll *bleep* it up?
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Re: Watford vs Arsenal PL 2015/16

Post by Lucifer on Sat Oct 17, 2015 5:41 pm

Only 2 goals have been scored on this ground in this season Shocked
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Re: Watford vs Arsenal PL 2015/16

Post by Sri on Sat Oct 17, 2015 6:17 pm

Think only one, and that too a penalty. No?
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Re: Watford vs Arsenal PL 2015/16

Post by EL Patron on Sat Oct 17, 2015 6:26 pm

Watford are very well organised, they don't allow you much time and space if any at all despite that we have created some decent chances. We should be at least one up, Ramsey should have had at least one.We might need Giroud soon since Theo is redundant in these sort of games. These sort of games tend to finish with a score of 1-0 or 2-1, very little room for errors.
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Re: Watford vs Arsenal PL 2015/16

Post by RealGunner on Sat Oct 17, 2015 7:23 pm

Put in a C team against bayern.

Lets go all out in the PL
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Re: Watford vs Arsenal PL 2015/16

Post by Jay29 on Sat Oct 17, 2015 7:23 pm

We got there in the end. The first half was uncomfortable, what with Watford's forwards causing problems with direct passes and our d-line being caught high up. Our attack was a bit flat, and it looked like it'd be one of those days where we toil away then make a mistake and lose 1-0.

The second half was much better. We looked more solid at the back, and our quality going forward told in the end. Bellerin was excellent down the right. Happy that Ramsey and Giroud got goals.
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Re: Watford vs Arsenal PL 2015/16

Post by EL Patron on Sat Oct 17, 2015 8:06 pm

Smashing win, that wasn't easy but we made it look easy especially in the second half. Watford only had longs balls and they offered nothing interesting going forward.Ozil and Santi were very good, Ozil's assist for Giroud's goal was beautiful. Ramsey and Sanchez were very good as well. They never stopped moving around, giving the opposition very little rest, Ramsey should have got two today. I think he might go on a run now he is got one.

The only concern at the moment is that we tend to loose confidence when teams stop us from playing. Santi sees little of the ball, the entire team becomes nervous. The likes of Ozil and Theo are nowhere to be seen, we loose control of the game and it becomes scrappy. We shouldn't be loosing confidence like that ffs, we have world class players in our team so we should have the belief that we can beat anyone.
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Post by Jay29 on Sat Oct 17, 2015 8:21 pm

We've been that way over the last couple of years. As soon as a goal goes in, we look a completely different team; confident, efficient and ruthless. But until they get that goal the team can get anxious.

At least today we had the option of Giroud off the bench to freshen things up front. We know that if Walcott has an off day or just doesn't get the service we can change it.

I guess we'll see as the season goes on which players are going to change a game when it's not going our way. We know Alexis can do it, but the others in the team will need to have that ability, too, because we'll come up against plenty of teams who do what Watford do, but be more dangerous in attack.

Everton at home and Swansea away our next two in the league. Both teams can punish you if you don't play well.
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Re: Watford vs Arsenal PL 2015/16

Post by RealGunner on Sat Oct 17, 2015 8:29 pm

I don't know what to think of the bayern games
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Re: Watford vs Arsenal PL 2015/16

Post by EL Patron on Sat Oct 17, 2015 9:11 pm

We win it like any other games, we need to maintain the momentum and confidence. Getting a good result against Bayern will only increase the confidence in the team and give us a fighting chance of getting out of the group.
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Post by El Gunner on Sat Oct 17, 2015 10:38 pm

Next three league games are crucial.
Everton, Swansea, Spurs.
Top half teams, these are usually the games we mess up looking back on the past few seasons.

If we get 9 out of 9 in those 3 matches and providing our important players stay fit throughout the season, I say we're ready to win the PL title. :coffee:
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Re: Watford vs Arsenal PL 2015/16

Post by Chumlum on Sat Oct 17, 2015 11:38 pm

Solid second half. Thumbs up
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Re: Watford vs Arsenal PL 2015/16

Post by Jay29 on Sat Oct 17, 2015 11:41 pm

It's so far so good, as far challenging goes. 19 points so far is a big improvement over the 14 points we had at this stage last season. We're three points off the top of the table, and every major contender has lost at least twice already, which suggests we could see a lower number of points being needed to win the league.

Ultimately, it'll be about picking up points consistently during both halves of the season. Previous years it's been a case of one bad half and one good half; either starting poorly and then ending strongly (11/12, 12/13, 14/15), or starting strongly and ending poorly (10/11, 13/14). It's not a coincidence that our poor runs coincide with injuries to key players, and that our good runs happen when our best players are fit.

For me, that's where the difference will be. If Cech, Coquelin, Cazorla, Ozil, Ramsey and Alexis stay fit for the majority of the season we'll have a chance. If we miss two or three for three months or more it'll be a struggle.
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