Emery has experimented with a myriad of central midfield combinations this season, but the Lucas Torreira-Ramsey pairing on Thursday night flourished.
While Torreira broke up play and buzzed around the pitch in his bulldog-like manner, Ramsey was given license to elegantly surge forward and create in the final third. Should the Arsenal that confidently brushed aside Napoli turn up against Watford then three points will almost certainly head back to north London. But given how unpredictable the Gunners are away from home, Watford have every chance of nicking a point. 1-1.
Arsenal have won just five of their Premier League away days this season, and three of those came all the way back in the early stages of the season. The last nine league away days have yielded just one win, three draws, and five defeats. The latest failure was a 1-0 capitulation against Everton, with defeats at both Southampton and West Ham showing that it’s not just against the big teams that they struggle.
This torrid away record, plus the fact that they have a trip to Italy just a few days afterwards, makes a home result look all the more likely. We’re backing a Watford Win or Draw Double Chance here, along with a 2-1 win for the Hornets.
Watford will be high on confidence after beating Wolves to make the FA Cup final and will now aim to finish seventh in the Premier League, claiming the title as the best of the rest. The Hornets are unbeaten in their last six at Vicarage Road and are on a four-game winning streak on home soil. Arsenal will also be in good spirits on Monday night after pulling off an impressive 2-0 victory at home to Napoli on Thursday night. The Gunners, however, are generally poor away from home, winning just two of their last 12 matches in all competitions. They have also picked up a red card in three of their last four on the road. Arsenal haven't kept a clean sheet in an away league game all season and Watford should really fancy their chances of at least getting a point on Monday night.
There's not been a draw in this fixture since 1984 and, while that run will end sometime, a flying home side are taken to edge it against an Arsenal side that just can't seem to get to grips with playing away from home under Emery. The Gunners do know how to score away from home and Watford have just two clean sheets in ten at home so both teams should score.
On Monday night though, attention returns to the Premier League, with the Gunners currently sitting in fifth place, just a point behind rivals Spurs who occupy the fourth spot currently and three points behind Chelsea in third with a game in hand. On the road though, Emery’s men have struggled of late, losing three and drawing one of their last four away games in all competitions – can they end that poor form with three points here. No!
FA Cup finalists Watford won the corresponding fixture against Arsenal last season 2-1 and I think they will give Unai Emery’s side plenty to think about in a game sandwiched in-between the Gunners’ Europa League quarter-final ties with Napoli.
Vicarage Road is sure to be bouncing after the Hornets’ tremendous Wembley comeback and the Gunners’ have yet to keep a clean sheet on the road so far this league season.
If there is to be a winner on Monday night I feel it will be the hosts.