Sunday sees Arsenal face Watford for the second time this season as the Hornets come to north London for an FA Cup quarter-final.
Back in October the two sides played a cagey first half, before Arsenal’s class shone through after the break. Goals from Alexis Sánchez, Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey gave Arsène Wenger’s men a 3-0 win at Vicarage Road, but Watford winger Ikechi Anya feels the scoreline was harsh.
“When we played them at home it was a false result, we were very much in the game,” Anya said in an interview with Watford’s official website. “I think they had a 12-minute spell when they scored three times, and it makes you think it was a beating, but we had our chances before that.”
Those chances were few and far between. More to the point, they didn’t find the back of the net. Arsenal had their own chances in the opening half that day, but grew into the game and blew the Hornets away when everything clicked.
However, the 28-year-old is confident the travelling side could have some success at the Emirates Stadium.
“I’m sure with the strikers we’ve got, at the Emirates, hopefully they take their chances and we can attack them from the get go.”
Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo have been impressive this season, even earning links to the Gunners, but their goals have dried up lately. The Nigerian striker has scored just twice in his last 13 appearances, captain Deeney has three in his last 14.
Nonetheless, they only need to take one chance to have something to defend, and that’s a position Arsenal can’t afford to find themselves in.
“We’re only one win away from Wembley,” Anya added. “That’s a great incentive for us, and we’re all looking forward to it.”