Arsenal handed massive personnel boost ahead of Watford trip

Arsenal handed massive personnel boost ahead of Watford trip

Arsenal have been handed a major personnel boost ahead of their trip to relegation battling Watford as pictures have emerged of Emile Smith Rowe back in training.

The English forward missed Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Wolves at the Emirates Stadium as a result of illness, and a day later tested positive for Covid-19, it was announced on Friday afternoon by Arsenal’s social media.

Now having served his isolation period, he is back in training for Arsenal’s trip to Vicarage Road at the weekend, where a win would see Arsenal continue their fine vein of form and potentially even leapfrog Manchester United should the Red Devils fail to beat Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

Watford, however, will be no pushovers under new manager Roy Hodgson, having held Manchester United to a credible draw at Old Trafford only last weekend, and Arsenal will have to be at their best to see off the challenge.

How realistic is Arsenal’s top-four charge?

In a word. Very.

Despite failing to win a game in January, the Gunners have won 9 of their last 11 Premier League, dropping points only against Burnley and Manchester City, to leave them in a brilliant spot for a shot at getting back into the Champions League by finishing fourth.

They still have to travel to Stamford Bridge and the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, as well as hosting Liverpool and Manchester United in their last 14 fixtures, but they sit two points outside of the fourth spot with three games in hand on Manchester United at present.

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With around 68-70 points needed for 4th place most years, 24 points from 14 games is certainly doable for Mikel Arteta and co.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 27 47 66
2 Liverpool FC 26 50 60
3 Chelsea FC 25 31 50
4 Manchester United 27 10 47
5 West Ham United 27 12 45
6 Arsenal FC 24 11 45
7 Tottenham Hotspur 25 3 42
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 26 3 40
9 Southampton FC 26 -3 35
10 Brighton & Hove Albion 26 -5 33
11 Crystal Palace 27 -1 30
12 Aston Villa 25 -4 30
13 Leicester City 23 -6 27
14 Newcastle United 25 -17 25
15th Brentford FC 27 -17 24
16 Leeds United 26 -31 23
17 Everton FC 24 -13 22
18 Burnley FC 24 -8 21
19 Watford FC 26 -22 19
20 Norwich City 26 -40 17
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 19
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 12
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 11
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 10
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 10
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 9
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 9
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 9
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 9
Raphinha Leeds United 9
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 8
Antonio, Michael West Ham United 8
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 8
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 8
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur 8
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 8
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 8
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 7

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