Watford out to end Arsenal's top-flight hoodoo over the Hornets

Arsene Wenger

The Gunners have a superb record against Watford in the Premier League, with Arsenal winning on their last two visits to Vicarage Road.

Arsenal will be full of confidence when they face Watford at Vicarage Road  not least due to their recent 3-0 win over Manchester United but also because of their impressive record against the Hornets in the Premier League.

In four Premier League meetings between the teams, the Gunners have won all four matches, scoring nine goals and conceding just three in the process.

The north London club's record at Vicarage Road is similarly impressive, with Arsenal winning both games and scoring five goals, while conceding three.

The last time the two teams met at Watford's home ground, in 2006, the Gunners snatched all three points with a 2-1 win sealed by a late goal from Robin Van Persie after Tommy Smith had cancelled out Gilberto Silva's opener.

Their previous Premier League meeting at Vicarage Road, in 2000, had been similarly entertaining, with Arsenal triumphing 3-2.

On that occasion a Thierry Henry brace, coupled with a goal from Ray Parlour, put Arsenal into a commanding lead before second-half goals from Heidar Helguson and Micah Hyde saw the Hornets come close to salvaging an unlikely draw.

Ahead of Saturday's clash, the omens for a high-scoring repeat also look good on Arsenal's side of things.

Though Watford have a solid defensive record at Vicarage Road in the Premier League this term, Arsenal have scored and conceded in three of their last four matches, winning on three occasions.

Claim another victory at the weekend, and the hoodoo could continue.

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