10.30am Arsenal news LIVE: Watford build up, Saliba trains with Gunners, Wenger set for Fifa job, Xhaka and Torreira fit – The Sun
ARSENAL are targeting three points in today's short trip to Watford as the Premier League returns.
And Nicolas Pepe will be looking to get off the mark with a goal – but there was an unexpected face in training this week, with new boy William Saliba in action despite being on loan at Saint-Etienne.
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BUT there will be one familiar face in Watford's team with Danny Welbeck looking to get on the scoresheet for the Hornets.
The former England international was released by the Gunners at the end of last season, moving to Vicarage Road.
And he will come up against his former side for the first time, as he targets his first start for Watford.
Welbeck has only managed two Premier League appearances from the bench, with his goal tally currently at zero for this season.
AND Arsenal could have Lucas Torreira and Granit Xhaka available.
The pair were doubts for the game at Vicarage Road due to injuries picked up on international duty.
But Unai Emery suggested the pair could be involved.
He said: “We need to look at the next steps in each training and also decide if they should play with the Under-23s.
“They trained normally with us for the first time this week.
“We also want next week for them to take normal training with us and after that, we can decide.”
ARSENAL are back in action today after the international break – and will be desperate to get back to winning ways.
The Gunners drew last time out and before that lost at Liverpool.
So today's clash against bottom-side Watford will be seen as the perfect chance to get three points.
ARSENAL were rejoined by a familiar face as they trained yesterday ahead of today's match at Watford.
Hector Bellerin suffered a cruciate ligament rupture back in January – but was back working with the rest of the first team squad today ahead of the Watford match.
The Spanish international is expected to return to competitive action later this month.
ARSENAL centre-half Rob Holding hasn't featured for the Gunners' first-team since rupturing his cruciate ligament in December last year.
The 23-year-old, however, stepped up his recovery in the PL2 for Arsenal's Under-23s against Leicester at the Emirates Stadium.
The young Gunners won the match 2-1, with Holding completing the 90 minutes as he gets closer to a first-team return.
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