Troy Deeney has been given the go ahead to bait Arsenal again ahead of Sunday’s meeting between the two teams at The Emirates.
Deeney climbed off the bench to equalise for Watford in October before Tom Cleverley lashed home an injury-time winner for the hosts.
And afterwards Deeney did not hold back.
“I have to watch what I say, but it’s about (having) a bit of cojones, is what I’ll say. Whenever I play against Arsenal, I’ll go up and think ‘let me whack the first one and see who wants it,’” he said.
The Hornets skipper also labelled Aaron Ramsey a “bottler” last season after Watford again defeated Arsene Wenger’s men, and Deeney’s has been given the green light again to wind up the Gunners by new coach Javi Gracia.
Gracia said: “Troy is our captain and a very good player. Everyone is free to explain feelings and a point of view as he wants – I like this way.
“I don’t know what happened with him and the squad in the past and I don’t care.
“If you say something about what happened in the past, you are talking about different coaches – I prefer only to think about the future for Troy and all the players.”