Arsenal v Watford team news & stats

Date published: Friday 11th March 2016 1:02

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Arsenal can equal their own post-war record of 16 FA Cup games unbeaten when they host Watford in the quarter-finals at Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Team news

Arsenal centre-backs Per Mertesacker and Gabriel are both fit despite limping off with injuries in the midweek win at Hull City, but Aaron Ramsey faces up to six weeks out with a thigh injury suffered in that game.

Laurent Koscielny remains a doubt with a calf injury, while Jack Wilshere will not return until after the international break.

Watford, meanwhile, will hand a late fitness check to Craig Cathcart, who has missed the last two games with a calf injury.

Joel Ekstrand and Jose Manuel Juardo definitely miss out for the Hornets with hamstring and calf problems respectively.

Kick-off at Emirates Stadium on Sunday is at 1.30pm.

Opta stats

Arsenal have won four of their five FA Cup meetings with Watford (L1), including their last meeting in the third round en route to winning the trophy in 2002.

However, Watford’s solitary win in the competition over Arsenal came the last time they met in north London (3-1 in the 1987 quarter-final).

Arsene Wenger’s side have won 15 consecutive rounds of the FA Cup. The post-war record is 16, which the Gunners hold (2002-2004).

Watford have won all three of their FA Cup games this season by a 1-0 scoreline.

The Gunners are unbeaten in their last 21 all-Premier League home FA Cup ties (W15 D6). Their last such defeat came against Leeds United in 1997.

The Hornets have won their last two FA Cup quarter-final ties but were beaten semi-finalists both times (2003 and 2007).

Arsenal haven’t lost three home games in a row in all competitions since November 2002.

Quique Sanchez Flores’ side have failed to score in each of their last three games in all competitions, since their FA Cup fifth round win over Leeds.

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