Premier League Preview: Watford vs. Arsenal

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  • Arsenal 11W-1D-9L all-time
  • Hornets last beat Arsenal in 1988
  • Last met on Dec. 26, 2006

Quique Flores looks to make a bit of recent history on Saturday when his Watford Hornets renew acquaintances with Arsene Wenger and Arsenal (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via Live Extra).

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Watford is coming off a disappointing draw against Bournemouth, but has put together some impressive results in their early season. The Hornets beat Newcastle away and Swansea City at home.

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Arsenal is in the Premier League’s best form, having lost just once and drawn once in six matches (Chelsea’s the loss and Liverpool the draw).

What they’re saying

Flores on the challenge of Arsenal: “They have a lot of quality, but for us the most important thing is to choose well in what part of the pitch we want to play. They have a lot of variants, they have very good players and they can change their shape depending on the score of the match, but it is important that we think about us.

Wenger on Arsenal’s championship mettle: “The level of champions and people who want to fight at the top is urgency. Urgency is something that keeps you alert and we know what will be expected of us. We have to be conscious that it will be a different game but the level of urgency is a big part of success and that is what we work on.”

Prediction

I like the way Flores organizes Watford, and that could be tricky for Arsenal to navigate, but the Hornets will be better suited to go forward. And that benefits the Gunners as much as it dangers them. Odion Ighalo and company could score first and set up a scare, but we see Arsenal being a bit too much. Gunners 3-1.