[Teams] Watford vs Arsenal: Confirmed Line-Ups from Vicarage Road

Tom Cleverley Watford Premier League

Arsenal manager Unai Emery believes the reactions of the Watford crowd meant that Lucas Torreira had to come off.

As quoted by the Daily Express, Emery explained: "So when the possibility opened up to sign here, the first coach, the first person in the football world I called was him (Gracia)".

Watford train next door to Arsenal's London Colney headquarters and the proximity of the two teams has helped Emery and Gracia maintain their friendship this season.

"I asked him some questions about the football here, the clubs, Arsenal and he recommended to me that I come here".

Watford head coach Javi Gracia said the club has spoken to players about racist abuse, offering support after players were targeted on social media.

"The best news is we have to play one game more than others, not Wolves in this case", said Gracia.

"They are my friends, not only Javi Gracia but also his assistant Zigor Aranalde and Inigo Arteaga".

Arsenal face Watford away in the Premier League on Monday, with Emery's side seeking to improve their disappointing form on the road - they have won just five out of 15 away matches in the top flight this campaign.

The Gunners are in the thick of a four-way battle for two Champions League qualification spots in the Premier League and have one foot in the Europa League semi-finals after earning a 2-0 quarter-final first leg win over Napoli on Thursday.

And after the game he admitted that crowd reaction to an incident between Torreira and Troy Deeney, which caused the Watford skipper to get a red card, played into his thinking.



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