Alexis Sanchez
Alexis Sanchez scored in the final of the FA Cup last season Getty

Arsenal host Watford in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup on Sunday, 13 March as the Gunners look to win their third consecutive FA Cup trophy in what has turned out to be a disappointing season for the Gunners. The north London club got the better of Hull City at the KC stadium, dismantling them 4-0 with a brace each from Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set for 1:30pm GMT. The game will be telecast live on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport 2 HD.


Arsenal are looking to create history by winning the FA Cup for the 13th time, more than any other club in the history of the tournament. Winning this year again will take Arsene Wenger's tally to seven, the highest for any manager.

However, they have to play much better than what they have against Hull City in the two games in the fifth round. They were restricted to a 0-0 draw at the Emirates and faced some shoddy defending by the Tigers at Hull which gave them the advantage. The win against Hull ended a run of five games without a win in all competitions.

The Gunners are currently eight points adrift of Leicester City with nine games left in the season and need to overcome a two-goal deficit at the Nuo Camp against Barcelona.

Watford have all but secured safety in the Premier League and are expected to push heavily for an extended run in the Cup. The Hornets were defeated by the Gunners when the duo met in the Premier League last year but Arsenal's poor form of late will give Quique Sanchez Flores' men some inspiration coming into the fixture.

What Managers Say

Arsene Wenger: "Look, it's never enough. As long as you don't win everything it's never enough. When we didn't win anything they said 'You didn't even win the FA Cup!' People always want more, which is normal and it's what we want as well. If you look at the history ofArsenal we are a club that has won the FA Cup more than anybody else. We've won it 12 times. And I, with my team, have won it six. It's not as easy as it looks."

Quique Sanchez Flores: "It's football – the big teams, always is high pressure. It's impossible to draw, it's impossible to lose with these teams. The mentality is always you have to win and in football sometimes it's not possible. So the pressure is with the big clubs always, around the manager, the players and the fans. I respect a lot and I admire Arsène Wenger. He's been working for a long time. He knows perfectly how it works in football."

Betting Odds (BetFair)

  • Arsenal Win: 8/15
  • Draw: 3/1
  • Watford Win: 11/2

Team News


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