Arsenal’s six injury problems for Watford clash and chances of playing rated

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Arsenal are back in Premier League action on Sunday but Unai Emery could be missing a host of players for the trip to Vicarage Road

Arsenal boss Unai Emery has six injury problems ahead of Sunday’s clash against Watford.

The Gunners sit in fifth place after a mixed start to the Premier League season.

A short trip to Watford represents an opportunity to get back to winning ways for Arsenal, who are winless in their last two games.

The Hornets find themselves bottom of the table but will hope to pick up a positive result after replacing Javi Gracia with former boss Quique Sanchez Flores.

Arsenal have a mixture of injuries heading into the clash.

At least three players are definitely ruled out while three more are doubts.

There is some good news, however, for Emery.

An injury did not prompt Nicolas Pepe’s early return from international duty – Ivory Coast sent him back to Arsenal to work on his fitness.

While Alexandre Lacazette merely suffered cramp as opposed to a hamstring problem in the north London derby.

Arsenal’s six injured first-team players.

Hector Bellerin

Knee Injury

The latest update from Arsenal towards the end of August was that Bellerin is “progressing well and aiming to participate in full training in September.”

Chance of playing against Watford: 0 per cent (according to Premier Injuries )

Kieran Tierney

Groin Injury

The £25m summer signing from Celtic is also hoping to be back in full training by the end of the month as he continues to recover from a double hernia operation.

Chance of playing against Watford: 0 per cent

Granit Xhaka

Achilles Injury

The Switzerland international pulled up against Gibraltar and revealed after the Euro 2020 qualifier that he has been struggling since the start of the season.

“I’ve been suffering from Achilles tendon pain for a few weeks now,” he said. “I felt it during the game.

“It hurts now, but it should be okay otherwise.”

Chance of playing against Watford: 50 per cent

Joe Willock

Calf Injury

The impressive teenager withdrew from the England Under-21 squad but should make the trip to Vicarage Road.

Chance of playing against Watford: 100 per cent

Konstantinos Mavropanos

Groin Injury

Mavropanos is expected back in training around the same time as defensive colleagues Bellerin and Tierney.

Chance of playing against Watford: 0 per cent

Lucas Torreira


The defensive midfielder was withdrawn at half-time during Uruguay’s win against Costa Rica on Saturday and was an unused sub in last night’s draw with the USA.

He has not tweeted about the injury but an update from Emery at the pre-match press conference is likely.

Chance of playing against Watford: 50 per cent

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