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Arsenal ended their run of four consecutive defeats with a crucial win over AC Milan at the San Siro on Thursday night.
The Gunners return to Premier League duty on Sunday when they face a Watford side who beat them earlier on in the season, prompting Hornets striker Troy Deeney to claim the Arsenal players “lack cojones” after his side came back from 1-0 down to win at Vicarage Road.
Arsene Wenger’s men are 13 points adrift of fourth place with nine matches remaining and will be desperate to close the points gap on nearest fourth place Tottenham with a win this weekend.
However, Wenger himself has admitted that Champions League qualification through a top four spot remains unlikely which means Arsenal’s best route to Europe’s elite next season would be by winning the Europa League.
Wenger’s side will look to build on a rare clean sheet they managed on Thursday having gone 11 matches without keeping one in the league.
Nacho Monreal is back in training and could be available for the return match against AC Milan next Thursday, while Sead Kolasinac and Calum Chambers face late fitness test after sutsaining knocks in the victory over Gennaro Gattuso’s side.
“Sead Kolasinac has an ankle problem, but we don’t rule him out for Sunday yet,” Wenger said following the win at San Siro.
“Calum Chambers had cramps, because he played in a position which he is not used to for a centre back. He should be OK though. Hector Bellerin we don’t know yet, we have to see. He is not available for the weekend though.”
Alexandre Lacazette is on the comeback trail having had his first run on Thursday and will return to first team training after the upcoming international break.
Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla remains a long-term absentee with an Achilles injury.
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