Arsenal host Watford at the Emirates Stadium in the final game of the Premier League season on Sunday, without a huge amount to play for.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 21: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal looks on during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Arsenal FC at Villa Park on July 21, 2020 in Birmingham, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND: Mikel Arteta looks on during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Arsenal on July 21, 2020. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

The Champions League places are long gone, and after the poor result against Aston Villa in midweek, the Europa League spots are also out of reach. However, there are still some reasons for Arsenal to go for a win.

Firstly, the Gunners have the chance to overtake two of the teams above them on the final day, if results go their way. That would bring in a few million pounds extra in prize money.

Secondly, beating Watford would almost certainly send them down to the Championship. There’s no real benefit to Arsenal there, it would just be funny.

Perhaps most importantly, however, it’s a chance to rebuild momentum ahead of the FA Cup final. This is essentially a warm-up game for that match, and I certainly expect Mikel Arteta to take it very seriously as a result.

Let’s have a look at our predicted lineup for Sunday’s match.

Goalkeeper

Arsenal’s Argentinian goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez kicks the ball out of his area on July 15, 2020. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Bernd Leno is returning to full training next week, but still unlikely to feature in either of the final games of the season. Emi Martinez will hold down the spot as he has done impressively so far.

Centre-Backs

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND: David Luiz of Arsenal speaks with the match referee on July 21, 2020. (Photo by Rui Vieira/Pool via Getty Images)

With Shkodran Mustafi out for the final week of the season, Rob Holding is the most likely player to come in. He played against Aston Villa in midweek, and should start this weekend and in the cup final as well.

David Luiz will take up the central role, whilst Kieran Tierney should come in on the left. Sead Kolasinac hasn’t done well enough to justify selection in the back three.

Midfield and Wing-Backs

Arsenal's English striker Bukayo Saka watches his shot beat Wolverhampton Wanderers' Portuguese goalkeeper Rui Patricio to score the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal at the Molineux stadium in Wolverhampton, central England on July 4, 2020. (Photo by Michael Steele / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by MICHAEL STEELE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka watches his shot beat Wolverhampton Wanderers’ goalkeeper Rui Patricio on July 4, 2020. (Photo by MICHAEL STEELE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

With Tierney in the back three, Bukayo Saka should take up the spot at left-wing-back. Though it’s also not impossible Mikel Arteta opts for Ainsley Maitland-Niles, after his positive performance in the position in the FA Cup semi-final.

Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos should start in the middle. Xhaka got a rare rest for the first half against Villa, but he’s just too important to drop for either of the final two games.

Hector Bellerin will come in for Cedric Soares, who needed to offer more than just early crosses in the last fixture.

Forwards

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - JUNE 28: Nicolas Pepe of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his teams first goal from the penalty spot during the FA Cup Fifth Quarter Final match between Sheffield United and Arsenal FC at Bramall Lane on June 28, 2020 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Pool via Getty Images)
SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND: Nicolas Pepe of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal on June 28, 2020. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Pool via Getty Images)

Again, I’m expecting Arteta to go full strength in attack. That means Nicolas Pepe coming back into the side, after his rest in midweek. The winger had started all three of the previous games against Spurs, Liverpool and City.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will take up a position on the left, and he needs at least three goals to have a shot at the Golden Boot this season. Alexandre Lacazette will start up front, with Eddie Nketiah dropping to the bench.

Full Predicted Starting Lineup

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