Arsène Wenger has warned his defenders to be wary of Nigerian forward Odion Ighalo and his strike partner Troy Deeney as Arsenal prepare to face Watford this afternoon.
The Hornets’ strike combo produced 28 goals between them last season, and the Arsenal manager is wary of the huge threat they pose to his side.
“They were very efficient last year with the two strikers up front together, Ighalo and Deeney,” Wenger said. “One of the keys for us will be to keep them quiet.
“I rate Deeney because he’s a player who has technical quality first of all, but he’s also a fighter. To find a player who combines these two things is not easy.
“He’s very strong in the challenges, the duels, and in the link play as well. I was impressed by him last year.
“We need a first win after our game at Leicester. Of course the international break comes too soon because players go away with their national teams [and] are not ready yet to start for us yet in the Premier League, because we had to rest them as they’ve played in international games.
“Not everybody is up to speed completely. We still have some players who are a little bit behind.”
Another Nigerian, Isaac Success who has just recovered from injury may make his debut for Watford in the premier league against Arsenal since he joined from Granada.