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Strongest Possible Arsenal Line Up To Face Watford

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Mesut Ozil

Arsenal will look to continue their winning run in the league and put pressure on table toppers Manchester City as the Gunners travel to the Vicarage Road to face Watford. How will they line-up for the clash? Here is their possible playing XI

Goalkeeper: Petr Cech

Petr Cech
Petr Cech

Arsene Wenger will not risk 3 points by playing Colombia’s David Ospina in front of the goal. So, it is certain that new signing Petr Cech will be the Arsenal goalkeeper for the Watford clash.

Defense: Hector Bellerín, Per Mertesacker, Gabriel Paulista and Nacho Monreal

Laurent Koscielny is out of the fixture with a hamstring injury he picked up just before the Manchester United clash. This means, once again Per Mertesacker will start alongside Gabriel Paulista at the back. Spaniards Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal will be first choice right-back and left-back respectively.

Francis Coquelin
Francis Coquelin

Midfield: Francis Coquelin, Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Özil and Alexis Sánchez

Arsene Wenger will not take any chances and play Frenchman Francis Coquelin as he is hard to get past and will be needed especially with Koscielny ruled out of the game. Santi Cazorla is expected to start alongside Coquelin at the base of the midfield. Aaron Ramsey, who along with Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale helped their national side Wales to qualify for the 2016 Euros will be starting on the right side with Arsenal’s in-form hitman Alexis Sanchez starting on the left. Mesut Ozil will be deployed right behind the striker in the number 10 role, he has been in brilliant form this season.

Theo Walcott has to repay the faith that Arsene Wenger has in him
Theo Walcott

Attack: Theo Walcott

England’s Theo Walcott will once again start ahead of French striker Olivier Giroud up front. His speed is exactly what will be needed against Watford’s defence and hopefully, he will convert some of the chances that will be created.