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Marco Silva not prepared to sacrifice principles against Arsenal

Marco Silva not prepared to sacrifice principles against Arsenal
By PA Sport

13/10/2017 at 22:39Updated 13/10/2017 at 22:46

Watford manager Marco Silva is prepared to risk another high-profile drubbing by refusing to change his philosophy for the visit of Arsenal.

Watford manager Marco Silva is prepared to risk another high-profile drubbing by refusing to change his philosophy for the visit of Arsenal.

Silva's Watford side will lock horns with the Gunners at Vicarage Road in the tea-time kick-off following just one defeat from their opening seven matches.

Watford's only loss of their Premier League campaign so far came at the hands of Pep Guardiola's rampant Manchester City team who scored six times - including a Sergio Aguero hat-trick - in a defeat which threatened to derail Silva's impressive start.

But Silva then oversaw a win at Swansea before Watford were held by West Brom heading into the international break - and the Portuguese insists he has no plans to adjust his attacking style for the Gunners.

"You can sometimes change strategy for the match, and you can play in different systems, but our idea is impossible to change," said Silva. "Since the first day we have worked on that idea, and I pass one idea on to my players.

"If you like to play to win a game, and if you have one clear idea for the players, I cannot change this idea in one week because I will play against Arsenal, or I will play against Chelsea or Man City.

"Of course the players know that it is important to have the humility to understand what type of team we'll play against. Arsenal are a big team with very good players and a lot of individual quality as well. We need to do almost a perfect game to achieve a result."

Silva has steadily impressed during his short time in England - firstly at Hull last season - before enjoying a strong opening to his tenure at Vicarage Road this term.

Silva's opponent in the adjacent dugout Arsene Wenger, who earlier this week revealed that he has been impressed by the Hornets boss, will celebrate the 21st anniversary of his first game in charge of Arsenal.

"In today's football it would be impossible to match what he has achieved," Silva added as he reflected on Wenger's two-decade reign of the north London club. "It's fantastic. Now, when you look for the Arsenal culture you look for Wenger culture.

"They have been together for a lot of years, and it's amazing, but it's not easy to achieve what he has, with 21 years in one job."

Wenger came under fire after consecutive away defeats at Liverpool and Stoke back in August, but his in-form side head to Watford with six victories from their last seven fixtures.

"The pressure he's under is normal for everybody," Silva added. "If you win, you are the best, and if you don't win the pressure will come. He knows that's his life, and it's my life as well.

"The coach needs to know his way and believe in it. It's important not to change your way. What Arsene has shown every year is that he doesn't change his way."

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