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Arsenal have basically lost all hopes of making the top four finish at the end of the season with a run of three consecutive losses in the Premier League coming into Sunday’s home fixture with Watford.
The Gunners are 13 points behind their bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur in fourth after the shocking loss away at Brighton & Hive Albion last weekend and they now need a miracle to secure the Champions League football next term.
Arsene Wenger’s men could, however, do it by winning Europa League-. They’ve been doing well in that competition so far as Thursday saw the North Londoners clinch a huge 0-2 victory over Milan in the first leg of their last 16 round tie at Stadio San Siro.
The Achievement is greater if we know that the team has done it without the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (can’t feature Europa League) and Alexandre Lacazette (injured). In their absence goals came from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Aaron Ramsey.
Backing up the victory over Rossoneri will be a serious task for the Gunners who are up against the in-form Watford side.
The Hornets have broken into the top half of the Premier League standings after back-to-back clean sheet wins over Everton and West Bromwich Albion in the last couple of rounds.
Nonetheless, Watford own a horrendous record in matches away from home where they’ve only picked up one point in last seven league games.
Given that Arsenal generally tend to play much better in front of their crowd at Emirates Stadium, and that they will head into this with the win over Milan under their belts, it’s hard to go past seeing the hosts as clear favourites for the spoils here.