Arsenal – Watford: Hayden Mullins hopes to pull an improbable upset win to keep Watford in the Premier League when his Hornets visit Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday (Watch live at 11 am ET on the Golf Channel and online via NBCSports.com).
Watford’s 34 points have them 18th, behind Aston Villa on goal differential. If Villa beats already-safe West Ham, Watford has to beat Arsenal by one more goal than Villa beats the Irons.
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Arsenal put Watford in this position by throwing away their top six hopes in a loss to Villa earlier this week. The Gunners can finish as high as eighth or as low as 10th.
Danny Welbeck is in the midfield for Watford as Hayden Mullins goes all-out attack against Arsenal, and Mikel Arteta obliges the neutrals with Nicolas Pepe, Alexandre Lacazette, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang starting together.
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Two changes for the Hornets…
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What they’re saying
Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta on losing to Villa and missing out on top six: “It has to hurt and we have to suffer because it is not good enough for this football club and that is why we have to put it right. We know the challenge that is really big. We are facing it and really excited about what we have ahead of us. We need to transmit this enthusiasm and passion because there are going to be some ups and downs. Unfortunately. Today is a down. Sometime it is good to see the reality and then go again, and move on, and improve.”
Watford interim boss Hayden Mullins on rebounding from loss to Man City: “We will look at the performance more, put it to bed, and start looking at the next game. We spoke about staying together and doing the right things. When you get to this stage of the season it is tough but we will deal with it the way we know how – stay confident and prepare as best we can for Sunday.”
Odds and ends (Full matchweek odds)
Arsenal is the favorite at -106 and a Watford win isn’t viewed as nuts at +265, via DraftKings.
Watford dominated the Gunners in their meeting at Vicarage Road earlier this season, coming back from a 2-0 deficit to draw 2-2 while dominating in shots 28-7.
The Gunners themselves have to find some form before Aug. 1’s FA Cup Final against Chelsea and you just know Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is looking at Watford’s leaky back line and wondering if he can score three more goals than Jamie Vardy to take a share of the Golden Boot.
How to watch Arsenal – Watford stream, start time
Kickoff: 11 am ET Sunday
TV Channel: Golf Channel
Online: Stream via NBCSports.com