Arsenal v Watford: Gunners star passed fit, Hornets injury woes

Sokratis Papastathopoulos has recovered from a leg injury to return for Arsenal’s Premier League clash against Watford on Saturday.

The Greece defender limped out of last week’s win over Everton, but should be back in Unai Emery’s side after missing the Carabao Cup tie with Brentford.

Sead Kolasinac was on the bench in midweek following a knee injury, but Laurent Koscielny (Achilles), Ainsley Maitland-Niles (leg), Carl Jenkinson (ankle) and Konstantinos Mavropanos (groin) are out.

Provisional squad: Cech, Leno, Bellerin, Lichtsteiner, Holding, Mustafi, Papastathopoulos, Kolasinac, Monreal, Xhaka, Elneny, Torreira, Guendouzi, Ramsey, Iwobi, Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Welbeck, Lacazette, Aubameyang.

Watford striker Troy Deeney has been passed fit for Saturday’s Premier League clash with Arsenal despite playing with broken toes against Fulham.

However, manager Javi Gracia has revealed that Daryl Janmaat, Stefano Okaka, Sebastian Prodl, Miguel Britos, Tom Cleverley and Gerard Deulofeu are ruled out.

Janmaat has undergone surgery on a knee injury and will be out for some weeks, but Deulofeu could return from his abdominal injury next weekend.

Provisional Squad: Gomes, Mariappa, Masina, Kiko, Navarro, Wilmot, Sema, Chalobah, Quina, Success, Dahlberg, Holebas, Cathcart, Doucoure, Hughes, Gray, Folivi, Deene.