He signed a five-year deal with the Hornets and will provide some much-needed creative flair in the final third, but having just received the permit, he didn’t feature in the 2-1 home defeat to Chelsea nor the 2-1 home defeat to Gillingham in the EFL Cup.
Hornets confirm work permit on social media
Pereyra is now in contention to make his debut against the Gunners, with Walter Mazzarri’s side still searching for their first win of the new Premier League season.
Mazzarri has been chasing an attacking midfielder all summer, and originally it appeared that Pereyra would be staying in Italy.
However, after the Hornets’ approach for Sofiane Boufal was turned down, their first choice became available and they were quick to snap him up on a long-term contract.
“Roberto Pereyra has received his work permit and is available for Watford’s game with Arsenal on Saturday,” Watford announced via their official Twitter account.
Busy summer for Watford so far
Watford have been busy this summer, by far one of the busiest sides in the Premier League, with new head coach Mazzarri wanting to make his mark on the team.
Pereyra was part of a double signing which also saw French defender Younes Kaboul arrive at Vicarage Road, and he was among the substitutes against League One side Gillingham on Tuesday night.
The Argentine and Kaboul are just two of the seven new faces so far, and Newcastle United defender Daryl Janmaat is set to become Mazzarri’s eighth signing of the summer.
Mario Suarez, Steven Berghuis and Obbi Oulare have all been loaned out, while Miguel Layun, Jose Manuel Jurado and Almen Abdi have all departed.