Arsenal face Watford in an FA Cup quarterfinal match that will stream live Sunday — in match that Arsenal must win to have any realistic hope of taking home a trophy in any competition this year. And the Gunners appear well-positioned to advance to the semifinal, where they would be just two wins away from a third consecutive FA Cup championship, against a Watford team that enters the match on a stretch of dismal form, winning just two of their last 11 Premier League matches, while losing seven and drawing two.
For that matter, the Hornets — who sit 14th on the Premier League table, 11 rungs below Arsenal — have not exactly been overwhelming on their run to the FA Cup quarterfinal, winning each of their three matches so far by identical 1-0 scores.
For Arsenal, who continue to be smitten by a plague of injuries, the Premier League title appears almost certainly out of reach, as they trail top of the table Leicester City by eight points with just nine matches remaining. The Gunners would also have to leapfrog arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur who, five points back in second place, are now the only team with a plausible shot at catching the surprising Leicester side.
Arsenal also face elimination from the UEFA Champions League at mid-week week, when they travel to Barcelona for a Round of 16 second-leg showdown having already incurred a 2-0 deficit at home. To get into the Champions League quarterfinals, Arsenal must conquer the unlikely task of scoring at least three goals against the mighty La Liga leaders — at the Camp Nou.
So that leaves the FA Cup, where injuries appear to remain Arsenal’s top concern. Per Mertesacker and Gabriel joined the list of walking wounded last Tuesday in an FA Cup replay match against Hull City, won by Arsenal, while Aaron Ramsey attempted to come back from his leg woes, but was forced to leave the game after just a quarter-hour.
Watch Manager Arsene Wenger deliver the remainder of the increasingly dire team news for Arsenal in his Saturday press conference, in the video below.
To find out how to watch a live stream of the Arsenal FC vs. Watford FA Cup quarterfinal match, see the streaming link in the final paragraph of this article. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. local time at Emirates Stadium in London, England, on Sunday, March 13. For fans in the United States, that start time will be 10:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (note the change to Daylight Savings Time in the U.S.), 6:30 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time.
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For Arsenal, with its ongoing personnel shortage and trip to Barcelona coming up, 23-year-old Costa Rica star Joel Campbell is likely to see plenty of playing time. Campbell has played a key role in the Arsenal FA Cup campaign this year, starting three of the team’s tournament matches with a goal and an assist on his ledger.
For Watford, the game offers at least a chance at redemption for goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon. After he played an important role in the 2013 FA Cup campaign for Manchester City, starting every game until City made the final, then-manager Roberto Mancini benched the Romanian in favor of first-choice Joe Hart.
That left Pantilimon helpless, able only to watch as heavy underdog Wigan pulled off a startling upset and took home the coveted cup.
Arsenal and Watford have faced each other five times in FA Cup competition over the years — with Arsenal winning four.
Watch a live stream of the FA Cup quarterfinal match, Arsenal FC vs. Watford from Emirates Stadium in London, England, by going to Fox Sports Go at this link, or by downloading the Fox Sports Go app to watch on tablet computers and smartphones. But Fox Sports Go can also stream live via the Amazon Fire TV device, allowing fans to watch Arsenal’s quest for a third consecutive FA Cup trophy — likely Arsenal’s last chance at a trophy this season — attempt to power through Watford, in a live stream on their TV sets.
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