Quique Sanchez Flores is back for another go at Watford and for his first game in charge of his second spell at the club, he’s hoping the new manager bounce will ‘surprise’ Unai Emery who has struggled to beat him previously.
Unai Emery’s record against Quique Sanchez Flores is not good. They’ve faced each other seven times and the Arsenal head coach has only won once to Flores’s three victories, averaging just 0.86 points against him.
Add to that the fact that Arsenal have lost almost as many games to Watford as they’ve won (12 v 13) and their appalling record on the road over the last few seasons, the little sprinkle of new manager bounce could well be enough to undo the Gunners on Sunday.
“When you are competing against managers, this is not our goal, because we are competing against teams, if you have better players than the other coach, usually you are winning more,” Flores said ahead of the match.
“With Emery, we know how he’s working. I know he’s a clever guy, he’s always thinking about how he can take advantage in different situations, very good in set pieces, very hard in the work, very constant.
“We know each other well, so of course we will try to surprise each other. But…it is very hard to surprise so it basically depends on the performance of the players.”
Of the managers Emery has faced more than six times, he only has a worse record against Diego Simeone and Pep Guardiola, both on whom he has yet to beat.
Watford, however, are rooted to the bottom of the table with one point from four games.
Will Emery extend Arsenal’s care in the community scheme into the new season and hand the Hornets their first win of the season?
Tune in tomorrow afternoon to find out…