Watford have lost two players in the build-up to their match against Arsenal this weekend, according to their official club site.

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WATFORD, ENGLAND: Ismaila Sarr of Watford is challenged by Ainsley Maitland-Niles of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Watford FC and Arsenal FC at Vicarage Road on September 15, 2019. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Watford have confirmed that Ismaila Sarr and William Troost-Ekong have suffered muscle injuries and will both miss Sunday’s clash with Arsenal.

Sarr picked up a hamstring problem late in Watford’s match against Manchester United, whilst Troost-Ekong has also suffered a similar injury.

At this stage, it’s not clear exactly how long the duo will be out, with Roy Hodgson stating it could be “anything from a week to four weeks”.

Sarr is the bigger miss for Watford, considering he’s a nailed-on starter when he’s fit and available.

Watford are also yet to win a Premier League fixture in the 10 matches Sarr has missed this season, and he scored or assisted in four of the five matches they have won.

Troost-Ekong was a starter until the end of last year, but he’s been out of the team since January 1st, so they’ll feel his absence less.

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Arsenal’s Spanish manager Mikel Arteta gestures on the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Burnley at the Emirates Stadium in London on January 23, 2022. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

This match is certainly an opportunity for Arsenal, who need to pick up as many points as possible before all the top-half fixtures come around.

Arsenal have had mixed recent results away to Watford though, with one win, one draw, and one defeat in the last three. Plus, with Watford picking up a result against Manchester United last weekend, they’ll be feeling confident in themselves.

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