Sokratis Papastathopoulos has overcome a dead leg and should be involved when Arsenal play host to Watford on Saturday. The Greek had to be replaced during last Sunday’s 2-0 win over Everton and Rob Holding had been on standby to start in his place had he needed more time to overcome the issue.
However, the 30-year-old looks set to come straight back into the starting XI to partner Shkodran Mustafi at centre-half with the Gunners still missing Laurent Koscielny due to an Achilles injury.
Sead Kolašinac is back in contention for Arsenal after overcoming a knee injury and could challenge Nacho Monreal for the left-back role.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles (leg), Dinos Mavropanos (groin) and Emile Smith Rowe (hip) have all been ruled out for the visit of the Hornets.
Wednesday’s 3-1 win over Brentford in the Carabao Cup means Arsenal have won their last six games in all competitions and will leapfrog their visitors in the table with victory at the Emirates Stadium, with boss Unai Emery keen to keep the momentum going.
“Each match gives us the opportunity to take more confidence,” he said.
“We are winning, I think the confidence is the best on our individual players and also on our collective work.
“But every match is one challenge to show and to give, to find our best moment and best performance. I think each player is thinking well, but also we need more.”