Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has responded to Watford captain Troy Deeney’s comments ahead of tonight’s London derby.
After Watford came from 1-0 down to triumph 2-1 at Vicarage Road in 2017, Deeney slammed the Emirates outfit for lacking fight.
“I’ll have to watch what I say,” the Watford captain said. “It’s (having) a bit of cojones, a bit of nuts.”
Deeney said: “Hindsight’s a wonderful thing, and I might have been better off just saving it for the boozer afterwards, but I don’t ever regret it.
“If I’m out in London now, I get Arsenal fans coming up to me and saying, “That cojones comment was out of order, but fair play for saying what you think”.
But Emery says Arsenal will be ready for what Deeney and his team-mates will throw at them.
He said: “We need to be competitive and to be competitive is to use our capacity, being organised, using our quality and winning the duels individually and collectively.
“The capacity to make the combinations with the ball, breaking their lines and also for the full 90 minutes we have a lot to do defensively on the set-pieces, on the corners and offensively on the set-pieces and corners to see how we can fight individually against them.
“Above all, it is to play one match. One match with 11 opposition players with quality and also a very organised team.
“I think each match is going to be very difficult but we can prepare and we can be optimists also if we play with a big personality and giving a big performance.”
And Arsenal fans were quick to back their manager’s preparation for what could prove a massive game in their run-in.
One tweeted: “Bring it on! It’s the Old School them against us mentality which unified the Club and Fan Base!”
“Time to put Troy Deeney back in his box,” added another. “Unai Emery’s Red and White Army!!!”