ARSENAL (4-2-3-1)OSPINA,BELLERIN, KOSCIELNY, GABRIEL, MONREAL,ELNENEY, COQUELIN,IWOBI, OZIL, SANCHEZ,WELBECKDEENEY, IGHALO,BEHRAMI, CAPOUE, SUAREZ, JURADO,AKE, BRITOS, CATHCART, NYOM,GOMESWATFORD (4-4-2)Since beating Barclays League leaders Leicester City in mid-February, Arsenal have won just once in the league in four games, the 2-0 victory at Everton last time out.That poor run leaves the Gunners 11 points behind Leicester and six behind Tottenham Hotspur, who are second.Watford have kept only two clean sheets in their last 13 Premier League games but on March 13 they won 2-1 at the Emirates in the FA Cup quarter-finals to set up a Wembley semi-final against Crystal Palace.That was Watford’s first win at Arsenal since 1988, when they won 1-0 at Highbury in the old First Division.Since then, Arsenal have won five out of five in the league against the Hornets, most recently the 3-0 victory at Vicarage Road in October, with goals from Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey.Watford arrive on the back of three straight defeats, a run which has seen them drop to 14th in the Premier League and just 11 points clear of the relegation zone. One more victory should assure Watford of their Premier League place but they have won only five times away from home in the league, most recently at Crystal Palace in February.Arsenal are still without Santi Cazorla, Ramsey, Tomas Rosicky and Jack Wilshere. There is a chance that goalkeeper Petr Cech can return after a five-match absence caused by a calf injury. Mathieu Flamini is another to have to go undergo a test.Watford, meanwhile, are still missing Joel Ekstrand, Rene Gilmartin and Tommy Hoban.
After the Guyana Oil Company (Guyoil) stopped issuing fuel to Government vehicles owing to non-payment, the regional administration of Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) is expected to pay the more than $5 million bill no later than Thursday, according to Regional Chairman David Armogan.Region Six ChairmanDavid ArmoganIn a brief telephone interview on Wednesday, Armogan explained that the delay in payments to Guyoil was owed to the fact that the monies had to be approved by the Finance Ministry in Georgetown.“We are trying to get Guyoil to be paid by Wednesday (today) or Thursday, because what happened is that the cheques had to be cut in Georgetown. The cheques are not normally written up in Berbice here, because we have to request the money from the Ministry of Finance, then the cheque is being prepared by Finance then we collect it,” Armogan explained.Region Six Vice Chairman Dennis DeRoop on Monday told Guyana Times that the administration has been recalcitrant in paying for fuel supplied, and the supplier has consequently pulled the plug. According to DeRoop, the administration has money to purchase fuel from Guyoil, but under the current arrangement, the fuel is supplied and then billed for, before payments are made.DeRoop explained that the administration was normally given a month’s holdover, and was expected to make payments for fuel in a timely manner; but has failed to so do, resulting in the company withholding fuel.However, while some departments are made to suffer as a result of what the Vice Chairman calls negligence, some Government vehicles have been exempted from that type of treatment. He, however, noted that Guyoil continued to issue fuel to ambulances attached to Government hospitals.“There is no fuel shortage, but Guyoil has stopped giving (Region Six) now, because they have a big outstanding bill. This started to happen last year, and the Oil Company (stopped supplying) fuel, so all the important work has stopped (because) the engineers cannot go out in the fields…,” DeRoop noted.