Arsenal will look to continue their excellent recent form when they welcome Watford to the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League this weekend.

Arsenal head in to Sunday’s clash on the hunt for a third successive Premier League win, after impressive victories over Leicester and Aston Villa respectively.

Many have questioned the quality of this Arsenal squad – and of manager Mikel Arteta – but since a 5-0 humbling at the hands of Manchester City seven games ago, they haven’t lost a game in all competitions.

That defeat came way back on the 28th of August and was perhaps the proverbial kick up the backside Arsenal needed to click in to gear, with their current Premier League form somewhat flying under the radar.

That will be of no concern to Mikel Arteta, who you sense will be quietly pleased with his side’s showings of late – their rise up the standings sees them 6th in the table and level on points with Manchester United.

A win for Arsenal and positive results elsewhere could see them breach the top 4 for the first time this season as we head in to the latest round of international fixtures – a marked improvement from the first international break of the season where the Gunners were rock bottom and enduring their worst ever start to a Premier League campaign.

The international break holds significance for Watford too, with the visitors dismissing coach Xisco Munoz during the previous international window.

Munoz was replaced by experienced Italian manager Claudio Ranieri as the Hornets look to solidify themselves as a Premier League side once more after returning to the top flight from the Championship last term.

Ranieri could hardly have got off to a worse start than to be thrashed 5-0 by Liverpool, but the ex-Leicester boss saw his side bounce back in style by scoring 5 of their own against a shoddy Everton a fortnight ago.

The Hornets were brought back to reality last time out though, with a 1-0 loss to fellow strugglers Southampton denting their survival bid.

A point against Saints will have extended their gap from the drop zone to four points, rather than the current three point difference between themselves in 16th and Burnley – who play Chelsea on Saturday – two places below.

It’ll be a difficult ask to stop an Arsenal side in fine form, with Mikel Arteta having no new injury issues to contend with.

Granit Xhaka and Kieran Tierney remain sidelined with longer-term problems, but the Gunners have an otherwise fully-fit squad.

Watford meanwhile remain without Christian Kabasele, whilst Kiko Femenia and Francisco Sierralta with both be put through late fitness tests to determine their availability.

The promising Emmanuel Dennis does return to the fold however after missing the last game through suspension after picking up his 5th yellow card of the season.

Arsenal v Watford is a 2pm kick off on Sunday 7th November.

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