Watford vs Arsenal
4:30pm Sunday 15th September
A 2-0 lead threw away at Watford as Quique Sanchez Flores’ side earned a draw in the first match of his spell.
A typically expert finish from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had Arsenal forward (21) despite Watford’s calls for a foul in the build-up, and the Gabon striker made it 2-0 soon after having an easy finish from a fine Gunners movement (32).
Watford halved the deficit just after the break during Tom Cleverley since Sokratis was captured playing out from the trunk (53), also Arsenal shot themselves in the foot again as David Luiz tripped sub Roberto Pereyra in the area, and he dispatched the punishment (81).
Watford ought to have won it in a disorderly final 15 minutes, but the event finished flat, which means Arsenal stay seventh on eight points from five games, while Watford remain underside but using their confidence .
Though Arsenal appeared clinical in the first half in the last third , they faced 31 shots at their goal, because Opta started collecting such information in the branch at 43, the most they have ever faced in a Premier League fixture.
After a reception for returning manager Quique, Watford were on top in the early stages, going closest during Tom Cleverley’s long-range effort tipped over the bar by Bernd Leno, as Arsenal fought to get.
However, the lead was taken by the Gunners . Watford pleaded on halfway but play as Sead Kolasinac fed Aubameyang, whose strong signature and shot beat Ben Foster. VAR Daniel Cook looked, but was satisfied with the initial decision, unlike Watford fans.
As Mesut Ozil, playing his first minutes this year fed Ainsley Maitland-Niles in-behind the defence on the right of this box, it was 2-0 just 11 minutes, along with his center was for Aubameyang to flip home easy. Though the striker took the glory, both Maitland-Niles’ conduct and the area of Ozil were impressive.
Having been caught out playing out from the trunk in the first halfof Arsenal didn’t learn their lesson. Sokratis’ pass from six yards out after Gerard Deulofeu intercepted a Leno goal kick as well as the ball dropped kindly to sweep house for Cleverley. Replays showed once the goal-kick had been taken Deulofeu was in the box, but the goal came.
Watford had their tails up, peppering the goal of Leno from all angles, even as Arsenal brought on Joe Willock, Reiss Nelson and Lucas Torreira for both Dani Ceballos, Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi in an attempt to shut down the contest.
Watford sub Ismaila Sarr proceeded as he turned with his back to goal following Deulofeu’s adorable pass dragging broad, but they have.
Pereyra’s catchy feed outdid the Brazilian just inside the box, and it was the Argentine himself who dusted himself off left corner.
The roof would have lifted off Vicarage Road had Deulofeu never missed the far post by inches only minutes later, or’d Leno not saved from Abdoulaye Doucoure at point-blank range, but it somehow stopped flat regardless of the chaos of the’you have a go, we’ve got a go’ closing 15 minutes.
Arsenal visit Eintracht Frankfurt in their first Europa League group-stage clash on Thursday at 5.55pm, prior to hosting Aston Villa in the Premier League on Sunday at 4.30pm. Watford visit champions Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday at 3pm.