But the attention now shifts back to the Premier League as the Gunners chase league-leaders Chelsea, who themselves face a tricky test at Anfield. After their loss to Everton and Manchester City mid-December, they have collected 13 points from possible 14, which is massive in this competitive Premier League.
Theo Walcott is pushing for a starting berth after his FA Cup hat-trick against Southampton, while a brace from Danny Welbeck at St Mary's has also staked his claim for a place in the starting XI. Despite playing with a number of youngsters, Arsenal looked sleek and emerged victorious.
The Gunners take on Chelsea at the weekend, with this week shaping up to be one of the most crucial seven-day periods across the Premier League season.
"They haven't conceded from open play in their last seven top-flight matches at the Emirates and Watford will need to be much improved to threaten. You just try to be honest in your decision and keep everybody on board", Arsenal official website quoted Wenger as saying. With that in mind, we're backing Arsenal/Arsenal HT/FT.
Watford face no immediate relegation threat (they're eight points clear of the drop zone), but they're winless in their last seven on the road, and they've got a awful record (W1-D0-L13) against top-six sides in their last fourteen at all venues, and they've not won against such opposition on the road since coming back to the Prem in 2015.
"First of all, I want to say that yesterday I was very upset immediately after the game", he said. With more than half the season over, Mazzarri promised that his team will give it his all in the remaining matches including this one against the Gunners. We simply can not afford to not win today to take advantage of the points dropped by one or more of their rivals. I'm not sure how we'll use him every three days. With a round of midweek league fixtures coming so soon after the fourth round, Mazzarri insists he was left with no choice but to prioritise the league game. Watford on the other hand will also want to get something out of this game since points will come in handy at the end of the season for the Hornets in order to ensure that they don't end up in a relegation battle come the last few weeks of the season.