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Arsenal to continue form and break down tight Watford defence

| 17.10.2015

Arsenal will arguably have been one of the few teams rueing rather than rejoicing the international break, after their superb performance in the 3-0 win over Manchester United.

The Gunners saw off Leicester 5-2 the week before that, bringing the Foxes’ unbeaten start to the year to a crashing end.

As such, Arsene Wenger’s side head to Watford as 4/7 favourites for the match, with the hosts 19/4 to claim a second home win of the season.

A draw at Vicarage Road is priced at 14/5, but Arsenal have finished all-square just once this term.

Gunners star man Alexis Sanchez was substituted in the Man United victory, but the Chilean played – and scored twice – for his country in midweek, taking his tally to nine goals in five games for club and country.

Wenger remains unsure however if Sanchez will feature due to an ongoing hip problem, but should the 26-year-old play – and start – he can be backed at 4/1 to net the opening goal on Saturday night and 6/5 to net anytime.

There’s very little to argue against Theo Walcott starting in Hertfordshire. The Englishman put in one of his finest performances in an Arsenal shirt against United last time out, providing an assist while continually a threat to Louis van Gaal’s stunned defence.

Walcott is also 4/1 to bag the first goal, and the England international is 6/5 to score anytime and grab a fourth goal in his last six games.

Home hopes may lie with Odion Ighalo, who already has five this season for the Hornets.

The Nigerian international is 8/1 to score the opener, and 11/4 anytime.

There haven’t been many goals at Watford this season, just two actually, but that could change with Arsenal’s recent record on the road.

Wenger has seen his side claim just one clean sheet in their last 17 games away from the Emirates, and you can get an enhanced price with Ladbrokes on Arsenal to win and both teams to score from 2/1 to 5/2, something which has happened in eight of the Gunners’ last 11 away league ties.

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Richard Marsh

Richard loves his sport, especially if it involves the sound of tyres screaming around a race track. He's not fussy though and his '90s Premier League nostalgia and knowledge of team nicknames is tough to match.