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Arsenal won’t hold back against Watford, warns Arteta

Mikel Arteta, Arsenal
Mikel Arteta, Arsenal

Mikel Arteta suggests Arsenal have a responsibility of not going easy on Watford when the two sides meet in the final Premier League matchday.

18th placed Watford head to Emirates to play 10th placed Arsenal in the 38th round of fixtures of 2019/20 Premier League.

A victory is a must for Watford if they want to continue in the English top-flight the next season.

While the match in itself is of not much significance to Arsenal, they do have the FA Cup final to look forward to. The Cup final against Chelsea at the turn of the month could be the season-defining moment for them and it also represents their ticket for European football.

As a result, it will not come as a surprise if Mikel Arteta chooses to rotate his line-up considerably on Sunday.

However, Arteta is adamant about naming his strongest possible XI and suggests his side will not hold any punches.

“No, I am going to assess the squad, how they’re feeling, how everyone has recovered. Ideally, I want to play as strong a team as I can,” he told in his pre-match press conference.

“We have to respect that there are a few teams in a relegation battle and we are responsible for that as well. That’s the way we will prepare the game that’s for sure.

“We need to know the responsibility we have towards the other clubs and the responsibility we have wearing the shirt in any game.”