Watford vs Arsenal
4:30pm Sunday 15th September
Arsenal threw away a 2-0 lead at Watford through defensive mistakes as Quique Sanchez Flores’ side got a 2-2 draw.
A generally expert finish from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had Arsenal ahead (21) despite Watford’s calls for a foul at the build-up, and also the Gabon striker made it 2-0 soon after with an easy finish from a nice Gunners movement (32).
Watford halved the deficit only after the break through Tom Cleverley as Sokratis was caught playing from the back (53), also Arsenal shot in the foot as David Luiz tripped sub Roberto Pereyra in the area, and he dispatched the punishment (81).
Watford should have won it at a disorderly final 15 minutes, but the event finished flat while Watford remain bottom but with their confidence .
Although Arsenal appeared clinical in the third they faced 31 shots in their goal, because Opta began collecting such data in the branch at 43, the most they’ve ever faced in a Premier League fixture.
After a reception for returning boss Quique, Watford in the early stages on top, went closest during Tom Cleverley’s long-time effort by Bernd Leno, as Arsenal struggled to find tight.
However, the Gunners took the lead with their first attack. Watford pleaded to get a free-kick on halfway as Sead Kolasinac fed Aubameyang, whose signature and shot defeat Ben 32, but play . VAR Daniel Cook looked, but was happy with the initial choice, unlike Watford fans.
It was 2-0 just 11 minutes as Mesut Ozil, playing his very first minutes this season fed Ainsley Maitland-Niles in-behind the defence on the right of this box, and his center was easy for Aubameyang to come residence. Though the striker took the glory, both Maitland-Niles’ conduct and Ozil’s area were remarkable.
Having been captured playing out from the trunk at the first halfof Arsenal did not learn their lesson. Sokratis’ pass from six metres out after Gerard Deulofeu intercepted a Leno goal kick , and the ball fell for Cleverley. Replays showed once the goal-kick had been taken Deulofeu was in the box, but the goal came.
Watford subsequently had their tails up, peppering Leno’s goal from all angles, as Arsenal brought on Lucas Torreira, Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock for both Matteo Guendouzi, Mesut Ozil and Dani Ceballos in an attempt to shut the competition.
Watford sub Ismaila Sarr went dragging broad as he turned with his back to target following Deulofeu’s cute pass, however they got the goal their pressure deserved through another Luiz accident.
The Brazilian has been hit by the tricky feed of Pereyra only inside the box, and it was the Argentine himself who dusted off himself to the bottom left corner.
The roof could have lifted off Vicarage Road’d Deulofeu not missed the far post by inches only minutes later, or had Leno not spared from Abdoulaye Doucoure at point-blank range, but it somehow ended level regardless of the chaos of the’you have a visit, we’ve got a move’ 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 go to champions Manchester City in the Premier League at 3pm on Saturday.