Watford vs Arsenal
4:30pm Sunday 15th September
A 2-0 lead threw away at Watford as Quique Sanchez Flores’ side got a draw.
A normally expert finish from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’d Arsenal ahead (21) despite Watford’s calls for a foul in the build-up, and the Gabon striker made it 2-0 soon after with a simple finish in a nice Gunners move (32).
Watford halved the deficit only following the break through Tom Cleverley as Sokratis was captured playing out from the trunk (53), along with Arsenal shot themselves in the foot as David Luiz tripped sub Roberto Pereyra at the area, and he dispatched the punishment (81).
Watford ought to have won it in a chaotic final 15 minutes, but also the event finished level, meaning Arsenal stay seventh about eight points from five games, while Watford stay underside but using their confidence .
Though Arsenal looked clinical in the first half at the third , they faced 31 shots at their target, since Opta began collecting such information in the division at 43, the most they’ve ever confronted in a Premier League fixture.
Following a reception for arriving boss Quique, Watford in the early phases on top, went closest through Tom Cleverley’s long-time effort by Bernd Leno, as Arsenal fought to get.
However, the lead was taken by the Gunners with their first meaningful attack. Watford pleaded on halfway since Dani Ceballos robbed Will Hughes, as Sead Kolasinac fed Aubameyang, whose strong signature and very low shot beat Ben 32, but drama continued. VAR Daniel Cook looked, but was satisfied with the choice.
It was 11 minutes later as Mesut Ozil, playing his very first minutes this season, brightly fed Ainsley Maitland-Niles in-behind the defence on the right of the box, along with his center was for Aubameyang to come home simple. Although the striker took the glory, both Maitland-Niles’ run and the spot of Ozil were impressive.
Having nearly been captured playing out from the back at the first half, Arsenal did not learn their lesson. Sokratis’ move from six yards out following Gerard Deulofeu intercepted a Leno goal kick , and the ball dropped kindly to sweep home for Cleverley. The goal stood, although replays showed Deulofeu was at the box when the goal-kick was shot.
Watford then had their tails up, peppering Leno’s goal from all angles, even as Arsenal brought on Lucas Torreira, Reiss Nelson along with Joe Willock in an attempt to shut down the contest to Matteo Guendouzi, Mesut Ozil and Dani Ceballos.
Watford sub Ismaila Sarr proceeded close, as he turned with his back to goal following the adorable pass of Deulofeu dragging wide, however they have the goal their pressure exerted through a second Luiz accident.
The Brazilian was outdone by the catchy feed of Pereyra just inside the box, and it was the Argentine himself who tickles off himself to slot bottom left corner to 2-2.
The roof could have raised off Vicarage Road’d Deulofeu not missed the far post by inches just minutes afterwards, or had Leno not spared from Abdoulaye Doucoure in point-blank range, but it somehow ended level despite the chaos of this’you still have a move, we’ve got a go’ closing 15 minutes.
Arsenal go to Eintracht Frankfurt in their first Europa League group-stage battle Thursday at 5.55pm, before hosting Aston Villa at the Premier League on Sunday at 4.30pm. Watford visit winners Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday at 3pm.
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