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Arsenal vs. Watford Preview and Predictions 04-15-2019 in PREM

Arsenal may be sitting pretty in the Europa League, but their immediate focus will be trying to change their fortunes on the road within the Premier League.

Looking to bounce back from their first league defeat in a little more than two months, the Gunners visit Watford on Monday night.

Arsenal (19-6-7) looked strong in beating Napoli 2-0 at home in the first-leg of their Europa quarter-final on Thursday. At the moment, winning that tournament might be the easiest way for the Gunners to return to the Champions League next season.

However, they are still not out of a top-4 finish on the domestic front. But, they'll need to rebound from a 1-0 loss at Everton from April 7. The result ended the club's 5-1-0 league run that dated to a 3-1 loss at Manchester City on Feb. 3.

That latest defeat also dropped Arsenal to 1-3-5 over their last nine Premier League road contests. The Gunners are 5-4-6 on the road this season in the top-flight, compared to 14-2-1 at home, where they've won 10 straight.

"We are winning (at home) because we feel very strong with our supporters and our confidence, with every player giving their all," manager Unai Emery told Arsenal's official website. "Away, we are fighting against teams. They feel the same when they play against us.

"For example, Watford on Monday is a very difficult match because they are a good team and they are going to feel stronger at home with their supporters. Sometimes away, we're a little more (cautious), losing the speed we have at home. This is our challenge to find our success in this season. ... We need the same mentality when we play away."

Arsenal's four-game Premier League winning streak at Watford ended last season with a 2-1 loss at Vicarage Road. The Gunners, though, have an opportunity to do the double against the Hornets (13-7-12) after goals past the 80-minute mark by Craig Cathcart and Mesut Ozil led to a 2-0 victory over Watford at the Emirates on Sept. 29.

Like Arsenal, Watford are also competitive on two fronts. The Hornets downed Wolves 3-2 on April 7 to secure a date in next month's FA Cup final against Manchester City.

However, they are also looking to nail down as high a finish as possible within the top-half of the Premier League table. Watford avoided a third straight league defeat by relegating Fulham with a 4-1 victory on April 2, and manager Javi Gracia plans to put his best XI on the pitch Monday, even with two competitions going on at one time.

"I try to choose the best players for the next game," Gracia told Watford's official website. "I am only thinking about trying to win the next game. I don't want to think any further. I prefer to only focus on the next game."

Gracia certainly has enough options to choose from, especially when it comes offensive-minded performers. Will Hughes, Troy Deeney, Andre Gray and Gerard Deulofeu are all playing well at the moment.

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