Arsenal faces relegation-threatened Watford on the last matchday of the season in the hope to finish in the top eight. Mike Arteta’s men are in a mixed run of form. Having beaten champions Liverpool in the league and striking off Manchester City in the semifinal of the FA Cup, Arsenal came tumbling down against Villa on Tuesday night. Villa’s Egyptian forward Trezeguet scored the only goal of the game to give his side a real sign of survival. They now meet with their fellow relegation side Watford at Emirates in a bid to get back to winning ways before they face Chelsea in the FA Cup final in a weeks time.
Meanwhile, Watford has all to do in the last game of the season and they have to beat Arsenal to stand a chance side by side relying on other results to stay up. Having sacked manager Nigel Pearson with just two games to go, the situation turned worse as the side capitulated in the hands of Manchester City in their last game. Hence, chances of survival are looking bleak for the Hornets.
This encounter will take place at Emirates Stadium (8:30 PM IST)
Arsenal (3-4-3): Emiliano Martinez (GK), Rob Holding, David Luiz, Sead Kolasinac, Hector Bellerin, Dani Ceballos, Granit Xhaka, Kieran Tierney, Nicolas Pepe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Bukayo Saka
Watford (4-2-3-1): Ben Foster (GK), Adrian Mariappa, Christian Kabasele, Craig Dawson, Kiko, Will Hughes, Nathaniel Chalobah, Ismaila Sarr, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Danny Welbeck, Troy Deeney
Five Players You Should Pick In Your Fantasy Side
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal):
The man driving Arsenal forward this season. The Gabon International had been productive for the Gunners ever since the league restarted and the season before. The forward, also capable of playing from the left, has scored 20 goals so far this season with 3 of them coming after the restart. He is also in the chase for the golden boot award and will look to bang in a few against a fragile Watford side.
Troy Deeney (Watford):
He is the man who can make a difference in Watford’s survival hopes this season. He also has 4 goal contribution against Arsenal in nine previous times he faced them in all competitions. Deeney has scored three crucial goals in two games prior to facing Manchester City and will like to carry out his scoring form on Sunday.
Kieran Tierney (Arsenal):
The Scottish left-back has been a pivotal figure in Arsenal’s defence since the lockdown and looked the real deal coming back from his injuries. Also capable of playing in a back three and as a wing-back, Tierney is sure to give proper balance in this team. He is the one you have to take in your fantasy team for the weekend clash.
Bukayo Saka (Arsenal):
The exciting prospect in the Gunner’s dressing room. The player’s breathtaking talent matched by his versatility is making him the next generation footballer. He would like to pull off a characteristic display against a distorted side on Sunday having made 3 goal contributions post-lockdown.
Craig Dawson (Watford):
The only positive figure in Watford’s shaky defence. Despite hard times, Dawson kept the command of his backline. He also came up with crucial moments on the other side of the pitch. He is eager to pay his heroics in the deciding game of the season. So, he’s in your team as well.