Watford vs Arsenal
4:30pm Sunday 15th September
A 2-0 lead threw away at Watford through killing mistakes as Quique Sanchez Flores’ side got a draw in the first match of his next spell.
A generally expert ending from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had Arsenal forward (21) even though Watford’s calls for a foul in the accumulation, and also the Gabon striker made it 2-0 shortly after having an easy finish in a fine Gunners move (32).
Watford halved the deficit only following the break during Tom Cleverley as Sokratis was captured playing from the trunk (53), also Arsenal shot themselves in the foot again as David Luiz tripped sub Roberto Pereyra at the region, and he dispatched the punishment (81).
Watford ought to have won it in a chaotic final 15 minutes, but also the thrilling affair ended flat while Watford remain underside but using their confidence .
Although Arsenal appeared clinical they faced 31 shots in their target.
After a reception for returning boss Quique, Watford in the early phases on top, went closest through Tom Cleverley effort tipped over the bar by Bernd Leno, since Arsenal struggled to find tight.
However, the Gunners took the lead . Watford pleaded as Dani Ceballos robbed Will Hughes on halfway for a free-kick, but play as Sead Kolasinac fed Aubameyang, whose signature and shot defeat Ben Foster. VAR Daniel Cook briefly looked, but was satisfied with the choice, unlike Watford lovers.
It was 11 minutes as Mesut Ozil, playing his very first minutes this year, brilliantly fed Ainsley Maitland-Niles in-behind the defence on the right of this box, and his center was for Aubameyang to flip home, easy. Though the striker took the glory, both Maitland-Niles’ run and the spot of Ozil were impressive.
Arsenal didn’t learn their lesson. Sokratis’ pass from six yards out following Gerard Deulofeu intercepted a Leno objective kick as well as the ball fell for Cleverley to sweep house. Replays showed once the goal-kick was taken, Deulofeu was at the box, however, the goal stood.
Watford had their tails up, peppering Leno’s goal from all angles, even as Arsenal brought on Joe Willock, Reiss Nelson and Lucas Torreira for both Dani Ceballos, Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi.
Watford sub Ismaila Sarr proceeded close, as he turned with his back to goal following the cute pass of Deulofeu dragging broad, however they got.
The catchy feed of Pereyra outdid the Brazilian in the box, and it was the Argentine himself who divides off himself left corner to 2-2.
The roof could have raised off Vicarage Road’d Deulofeu not missed the far post by inches only minutes later, or’d Leno not spared from Abdoulaye Doucoure at point-blank range, but it somehow stopped level despite the chaos of the’you still have a visit, we’ve got a move’ final 15 minutes.
Arsenal go to Eintracht Frankfurt within their initial Europa League group-stage clash on Thursday at 5.55pm, before hosting Aston Villa at the Premier League on Sunday at 4.30pm. Watford visit champions Manchester City in the Premier League at 3pm.