Watford's Holebas out of Arsenal clash with hamstring problem

Ruben Hill
April 16, 2019

Arsenal have officially revealed their starting eleven and substitutes to go up against Watford at Vicarage Road in the Premier League this evening.

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

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.

"We don't have one final, we have seven finals left to play". We spoke about football here, English football and their experience because they were here six months before us.

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

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

If Watford beat Manchester City in the FA Cup final they will qualify for Europe but, if they lose, finishing seventh would guarantee a Europa League qualifying spot.

Gracia, who gave his players three days off following that remarkable comeback win, said helping the players as best he can is all he can do. I think it was very important in this position with one more player on the pitch to break the lines and attack the last third better with our players, and in the second half we didn't score a goal with good chances.

"We played together at Real Sociedad many years ago and from that moment we have had a good relationship", he added.

"They are very hard teams to battle because defensively they are very strong and this is now at Watford".

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