Watford vs Arsenal
4:30pm Sunday 15th September
A 2-0 lead threw away at Watford through defensive mistakes as Quique Sanchez Flores’ side got a draw in the first game of the spell.
A generally expert finish from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’d Arsenal forward (21) even though Watford’s calls for a foul in the accumulation, and the Gabon striker made it 2-0 soon after with an easy finish from a nice Gunners move (32).
Watford halved the deficit just after the break through Tom Cleverley since Sokratis was captured playing out from the back (53), along with 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 but the thrilling affair finished level, meaning Arsenal remain seventh about eight points from five games, while Watford remain bottom but with their confidence back.
Although Arsenal appeared clinical they faced 31 shots in their target, the most they have ever faced in a Premier League fixture since Opta began collecting such information.
Following a fine reception for coming boss Quique, Watford in the early phases on top, went closest through Tom Cleverley effort tipped over the bar by Bernd Leno, as Arsenal fought to find tight.
However, the lead was taken by the Gunners . Watford pleaded to get a free-kick on halfway as Dani Ceballos robbed Will Hughes, but drama as Sead Kolasinac fed Aubameyang, whose touch and low shot defeat Ben Foster. VAR Daniel Cook looked, but was happy with the decision.
As Mesut Ozil, playing his very first minutes this year, brilliantly fed Ainsley Maitland-Niles in-behind the defence on the right of the box it was 2-0 only 11 minutes later, and his center was for Aubameyang to turn residence, easy. Though the striker took the glory, both Maitland-Niles’ run and the spot of Ozil were remarkable.
Having been caught out playing out from the trunk at the first half, Arsenal didn’t learn their lesson. Sokratis’ forward move from six yards out following a Leno target kick was intercepted by Gerard Deulofeu, and the ball fell kindly to sweep home for Cleverley. Replays showed once the goal-kick had been shot Deulofeu was at the box, but the goal came.
Watford had their tails up, peppering Leno’s goal from all angles, as Arsenal brought for both Dani Ceballos, Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi.
Watford sub Ismaila Sarr proceeded as he turned with his back to target following Deulofeu pass dragging broad, but they got.
The Brazilian has been outdone by Pereyra feed in the box, and it was the Argentine himself that dusted himself off to slot bottom left corner.
The roof could have lifted off Vicarage Road’d Deulofeu never missed the far post by inches only minutes afterwards, or’d Leno not saved from Abdoulaye Doucoure in point-blank selection, but it somehow ended level regardless of the chaos of this’you have a visit, we have a move’ final 15 minutes.
Arsenal go to Eintracht Frankfurt within their first Europa League group-stage clash on Thursday at 5.55pm, prior to hosting Aston Villa at the Premier League on Sunday at 4.30pm. Watford visit champions Manchester City in the Premier League at 3pm on Saturday.
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