An explanation for Denis Suarez’s absence from the Arsenal squad to take on Watford has emerged online.
Watford vs Arsenal
Unai Emery’s men travel to Vicarage Road for their latest crunch Premier League outing this evening.
The Gunners will be hoping for an immediate bounce-back performance on the domestic front, having fallen to a deserved 1-0 defeat at Everton last weekend (they did since put Napoli to the sword by 2 goals to nil, though).
Victory for Arsenal would see the North Londoners leapfrog both Manchester United and Chelsea into 4th in the Premier League table, with Emery’s men also holding a further game in hand over the latter.
As such, a 3-point haul this evening would come as a huge boost to the top-4 hopes of the capital giants.
Ahead of kick-off at Vicarage Road in less than an hour’s time, the starting line-ups of both sides were announced a short time ago.
Watford are set to line out as follows:
🚨 TEAM NEWS 🚨
4⃣ changes from our last line-up.
— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) April 15, 2019
Unai Emery, meanwhile, has opted for the following XI, with Granit Xhaka returning, and youngster Konstantinos Mavropanos starting alongside Laurent Koscielny at the heart of the Arsenal defence:
📋 Tonight’s team news…
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) April 15, 2019
Another of the key talking points surrounding the line-up of the Gunners is the complete absence of Denis Suarez.
Spanish midfielder Suarez has majorly struggled for game-time since making the move to the Emirates on loan in January.
As per the Daily Mail, though, his omission tonight comes as a result of a persistent groin problem:
Denis Suarez is being kept out of action due to persistent groin injury. [MailSport]
— Z (@ZR_7G1) April 15, 2019
Sportsmail understands Denis Suarez has been hampered by pain during training sessions over recent weeks & Arsenal’s physiotherapists are now suggesting he reduces his role in training in the coming days to see if the inflammation can be managed better. https://t.co/90ZJa5NaMw
— AFCMike (@AFCPW) April 15, 2019