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Arsenal vs Watford: Arsene Wenger predicted to change his defence

Rob Holding to play vs Watford

According to the Daily Mail’s Rob Draper, Arsenal are set to switch up their defence against Watford on Sunday.

English centre-half Rob Holding is set to be drafted into the Gunners XI.

22-year-old Holding has only played in seven Premier League matches this season. However he’s been involved in eight Europa League games, and he’s even scored in Europe.

The Mail have told their readers the following:

Arsenal will be without Hector Bellerin and Laurent Koscielny. Rob Holding will partner Shkodran Mustafi in defence.

Sead Kolasinac is fit but Wenger could start with Ashley Maitland-Niles to ensure Kolasinac’s fitness for AC Milan on Thursday. 

Arsenal’s predicted XI vs Watford

On Saturday the Times had their shot at predicting the line-ups at the Emirates.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is set to come back into the side after Danny Welbeck performance well in the UEL.

Petr Cech will also return in goal for the Gunners as the keeper looks to finally record his 200th Premier League clean sheet.

As for Watford, they’ll be spearheaded by Troy Deeney, who has an excellent scoring record against Arsenal.

Times predicted line-ups: Arsenal vs Watford

Arsenal vs Watford preview

With hopes of a top four finish all but gone, Arsenal’s focus for the season as turned to the Europa League.

Contrary to their recent form, Arsenal were brilliant in the first leg of their Europa League Round of 16 tie at the San Siro on Thursday night.

Goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Aaron Ramsey handed the Gunners a surprise 2-0 away win.

Last weekend Arsenal suffered a third consecutive league defeat, losing 2-1 at Brighton.

Having not played in midweek, Watford will be the fresher of the two sides. Javi Garcia’s side beat West Brom 1-0 last weekend thanks to Troy Deeney’s second-half goal.

Watford have a decent away record this season, although they’ve failed to win any of their last seven matches on the road – scoring just two goals in that period. Arsene Wenger’s side have lost their last three matches at the Emirates Stadium in all competitions.

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