Living on past glories is a habit Marco Silva has little interest in getting into.

The Portuguese head coach has enjoyed a carefree start to life at Vicarage Road, guiding Watford to eighth after seven Premier League games which have yielded 12 points.

However, those victories are of little significance to Silva, who has consigned them firmly to the annals of history.

Instead, his focus is on Arsenal, who arrive in Hertfordshire in a fine vain of form, and he is imploring his players to continue to prove their worth with a committed display.

“We need to prove again during the match what we want. We did that until now and we are happy with how things have gone, but this is a new game,” Silva said.

“We continued to work well in the International break and now is the time to prove that work against a very, very good team.”

Having scored last-gasp goals to secure a 2-1 victory over Swansea City and 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion in their previous two outings, it could be argued the international break came at the wrong time for Watford.

Silva insists the Hornets have done all they can to ensure they maintained the quality and resilience shown in recent weeks ahead of Premier League football returning.

“After what we did in the last two matches after the Manchester City game, maybe the break didn’t come in a good moment for us. Sometimes this happens,” he said.

“We work well with the boys again, even in the break. The days they came here to train, they worked really hard and I believe we will stay at a good level again.”

Saturday’s opposition, of course, represent a sterner challenge than those posed by West Brom or Swansea and the Gunners are also enjoying a purple patch.

Since going down to a 5-0 mauling at the hands of Liverpool, Arsene Wenger’s men have strung together four league games without defeat and risen to fifth in the table.

Their two loses this term have, however, come on the road, but Silva once again highlights the importance of ignoring the past if Watford are to prosper and gain their first home win this term.

“The last two months, after the defeat against Liverpool, they have been in a very good way. The last seven games, they have won six with one draw at Stamford Bridge,” he said.

“They didn’t start the away games well but have reacted very well. We saw them at Stamford Bridge and they were very close to winning that game.

“It is important for us not only to look at the bad results, but also the good ones and the way they reacted.”

While Watford enjoyed a memorable 2-1 win on the road against Arsenal last season, their home form against the Gunners leaves plenty to be desired.

Watford’s last home win when facing the Gunners came in 1987 and they went down to a 3-1 defeat when the sides met at the Vic last season.

For this reason Silva takes little from the triumph at the Emirates and is wary of the quality at Wenger's disposal.

"It looks a more balanced team and with the ball they have a lot of quality. We expect a tough game against a good team," he said.

“We need to achieve different results at home against them, because normally when Arsenal come to play here they achieve good results.

“I am sure we will compete the same way we have in all the games.”