Looking to keep the top-four charge going, here is our Arsenal predicted lineup to face Watford on Sunday at Vicarage Road.

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LONDON, ENGLAND: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal reacts during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium on November 27, 2021. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

After the dramatic win over Wolves, Arsenal have had some time off thanks to the League Cup final and the FA Cup fixtures in midweek.

Mikel Arteta’s side should come back refreshed and ready to keep their European qualification attempt going with a trip to Watford this weekend.

After Watford held top-four rivals Manchester United to a draw last week, no one can make the mistake of underestimating them, despite their position in the table.

Let’s take a look at our Arsenal predicted lineup for the Watford clash.

Goalkeeper

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 30: Aaron Ramsdale of Arsenal acknowledges the fans after his sides victory in the Premier League match between Leicester City and Arsenal at The King Power Stadium on October 30, 2021 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND: Aaron Ramsdale of Arsenal acknowledges the fans after his side’s victory in the Premier League match between Leicester City and Arsenal at The King Power Stadium on October 30, 2021. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Aaron Ramsdale will start in goal, with Bernd Leno on the bench.

Defence

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01: Takehiro Tomiyasu of Arsenal reacts during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Emirates Stadium on January 01, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Takehiro Tomiyasu of Arsenal reacts during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Emirates Stadium on January 01, 2022. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Takehiro Tomiyasu’s absence from the squad for the last game was due to a problem in the other calf from the one he had issues with before. Unfortunately, that makes it pretty unlikely he’ll feature in this game.

Cedric Soares has done a good job filling in for Tomiyasu, and he should be joined by Kieran Tierney, Gabriel Magalhaes, and Ben White in a back four.

Midfield

Arsenal's Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard runs with the ball during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Brentford at the Emirates Stadium in London on February 19, 2022. (Photo by IAN KINGTON/AFP via Getty Images)
Arsenal’s Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard runs with the ball during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Brentford at the Emirates Stadium in London on February 19, 2022. (Photo by IAN KINGTON/AFP via Getty Images)

Granit Xhaka, Thomas Partey, and Martin Odegaard are really starting to nail down their positions in the midfield, with Xhaka playing a more advanced role in recent matches as Partey anchors the trio.

Albert Sambi Lokonga and Mohamed Elneny will have to keep waiting for opportunities, whilst Emile Smith Rowe seems like more of an option for the front three at the moment.

Forwards

LEEDS, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 18: Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal celebrates after scoring their team's first goal during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Arsenal at Elland Road on December 18, 2021 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)
LEEDS, ENGLAND: Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal celebrates after scoring their team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Arsenal at Elland Road on December 18, 2021. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

On this occasion, Smith Rowe may well miss out on the starting lineup, due to his recent Covid-19 positive.

Though he surely won’t be in isolation by this weekend, Smith Rowe will have missed some training sessions in the meantime, and Gabriel Martinelli is better placed to start.

The only real question then is whether Martinelli has done enough to keep his spot ahead of Nicolas Pepe, who made an impressive cameo appearance against Wolves. Eddie Nketiah also did well with his minutes.

It’s a close thing, but we’re predicting Martinelli to continue to start alongside Alexandre Lacazette and Bukayo Saka for now.

Arsenal predicted lineup vs Watford

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