Watford boss Marco Silva refuses to change philosophy for Arsenal match

Watford manager Marco Silva says he will not change his footballing philosophy at Vicarage Road, even if that means a heavy defeat for the Hornets against Arsenal.

Watford have lost just once this season under the guidance of Silva, although a 6-0 drubbing at the hands of Manchester City highlighted weaknesses in Silva’s side.

The Hornets face another tough test against Arsenal on Saturday but Silva 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 onto 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.”

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger recently revealed his admiration for Silva, who impressed many during his short spell in charge of Hull last season.

Wenger will celebrate the 21st anniversary of his first game in charge of Arsenal at Vicarage Road on Saturday and Silva congratulated the Frenchman on the achievement.

“In today’s football it would be impossible to match what he has achieved,” Silva said. “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.”