Watford 0-1 Arsenal: Premier League – as it happened


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Ben Foster conceded a daft aim earlier than Troy Deeney earned himself a daft purple card to present Arsenal a scarcely-deserved win

And that’s all from me. Cheers!

Ben Foster talks to Sky:

I’m gutted for the lads. They have been sensible. I assumed we have been the higher workforce, actually pushing for it and Arsenal have been completely happy to hit us on the counter-attack. I’ve stated sorry to the lads. I feel I ought to have simply Cruyff-ed him to be trustworthy, however it’s not my fashion.

Daryl performed the ball again to me. I needed to tug it onto my left after which hit it out extensive, however earlier than I do know it he’s bloody on to me. God, he’s quick. Truthful play to him, he’s completely speedy. I’ve acquired to do it a bit faster, you’ve obtained to only get rid as quickly as you possibly can. It’s not the time to muck about. I’m undoubtedly not a contemporary goalie. I’m comfortable to place it in row Z. I simply thought I had a bit extra time than I did.

Troy’s not completely happy about it in there. Stated it was completely nothing, didn’t imply to do something and that’s all I can say.

Right here’s Sachin Nakrani’s match report:

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Extra from Aubameyang. The outcome might be pleasing, for positive, however I don’t assume there’s any cause to take confidence from their efficiency.

These three factors give us a number of confidence, as a result of now we all know we will win video games away. That’s nice, tonight, to win three factors and to go residence with this victory.

Right here’s a little bit of Aubameyang’s response:

We knew that it will be a troublesome recreation, and I feel everyone is aware of what’s the goal for us this season, to get within the prime 4, and we knew that this recreation is admittedly essential to remain within the competitors for the highest 4.

[For the goal] I used to be assured I might get there. It was a very long time I needed to attain a objective like this, and at this time it got here true. It was a very good aim. For me, I prefer it.

Watford have been the higher workforce for a lot of the recreation, I feel. There simply weren’t fairly sufficient individuals in it.

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That was as encouraging as an idiotically-given-away defeat could be for Watford, and as unimpressive as a desperately-needed-away-win will get for Arsenal. It was a compelling recreation, however none of the particular, in-game motion actually had a lot influence on the outcome, which was determined by two very poor errors from gamers who ought to know higher.

90+four minutes: There’s time for another Aubameyang offside dash earlier than the referee blows his whistle, and Arsenal have a uncommon away win!

90+three minutes: ... however in the long run the ball loops to Leno, and time is almost up for Watford.

90+three minutes: Most of Watford’s 9 outfield gamers are within the penalty space, as Janmaat prepares for a throw.

90+1 minutes: Watford very almost discover a method by means of, however the ball doesn’t fall to Grey, or Capoue, or Hughes, and when it lastly rolls to Success his tried cross, or maybe shot, is miserably weak.

90+1 minutes: There’ll be about three minutes of stoppage time.

90 minutes: A late three-on-two break from Arsenal is snuffed out by a mixture of Capoue and Cathcart.

88 minutes: Arsenal hold the ball for some time, working it down the best after which throughout to the left. It ends with a great probability for Aubameyang, who bursts onto the ball on the sting of the world, runs into the field after which blasts large together with his left foot!

86 minutes: The night time’s last substitution sees Ken Sema come on, changing Masina.

85 minutes: Regardless of these Watford possibilities, there was a big drop in depth within the final 10 minutes. Watford are nonetheless pushing, however their perception, and their power, is operating out.

83 minutes: And one other! Janmaat crosses from the proper and Hughes beats Mkhitaryan to the header, however the ball loops over the bar.

80 minutes: Probability for Watford! Success nods the ball on and Grey bursts previous Maitland-Niles, goes previous Leno and tries to show it into the web, however Maitland-Niles will get again to place himself in the best way!

78 minutes: Guendouzi makes a pleasant run behind the defence on the appropriate and is discovered with a chipped cross, however his low centre is to no one particularly, and in the long run Xhaka’s shot is saved. “Robert Pires would appear to be a tough man on this Arsenal midfield,” says Duncan Edwards. “Each time they face a strong problem its as if somebody is disrupting their aerobics class.”

75 minutes: Nice probability for Arsenal! It’s one other fizzing centre from Mkhitaryan, and Aubameyang meets it on the close to publish, however he pokes the ball over the bar!

74 minutes: The standard of Watford’s crossing has been very poor. Twice Success, who doesn’t even have the excuse of tiredness, has given the ball away with garbage passes infield, and now Grey crosses to no one.

70 minutes: Watford push ahead, however Hughes’s volleyed cross is reduce out. Arsenal push ahead, however Iwobi’s low cross is reduce out.

68 minutes: Mkhitaryan fizzes the ball throughout objective in the direction of Ozil, however the German doesn’t appear notably eager on sprinting so doesn’t attain the cross. Arsenal convey on Maitland-Niles, and take off Ramsey.

67 minutes: Watford have come into the sport once more after a troublesome begin to the half, however they're beginning to take critical dangers in defence as they search an equaliser. I’d be stunned if there wasn’t one other objective on this recreation.

65 minutes: Aubameyang is performed in, however he was standing simply inside Watford’s half and is thus offside.

64 minutes: Janmaat finds Grey within the space, however the striker can’t convey the ball underneath management and it runs off the pitch! What an ideal probability that almost was and doubtless ought to have been.

62 minutes: Watford hit the bar! Doucoure lays the ball off to Masina, who from at the least 30 yards smashes a shot that Leno will get nowhere close to, and crashes towards the angle of publish and bar!

61 minutes: One other Mkhitaryan shot, this from simply outdoors the world. It’s completely wild, excessive and large.

60 minutes: Kabasele leaves the sector for a few minutes to vary his boots, and for some time Ozil and Aubameyang are each ready for any type of through-ball, with solely Cathcart anyplace close to both of them. Arsenal can’t fairly discover a method by way of Watford’s 9 males.

59 minutes: And Watford convey Isaac Success on for Kiko Femenia.

59 minutes: Arsenal make their second change, bringing Guendouzi on for Mavropanos.

58 minutes: One other probability for the away workforce. Mkhitaryan performs a one-two with Ozil after which spears a shot nicely broad from simply inside the world.

57 minutes: What an opportunity for Arsenal! They break, and have 4 forwards to Watford’s three defenders. Iwobi crosses to Mkhitaryan, who appeared to be about to faucet in a volley from six yards, however Foster comes out shortly and will get a leg in the best way!

56 minutes: Janmaat carries the ball throughout the sting of Arsenal’s space, after which shoots into Grey’s legs.

55 minutes: Jim Hounslow has accomplished some precise refereeing coaching. “I’m learning for my referee examination on Wednesday,” he writes. “This seems like a ‘strike or makes an attempt to strike at an opponent (consists of head butts)‘ relatively than ‘Violent Conduct’ which makes use of extreme drive or brutality. Within the case of strikes the referee determines to be careless, reckless or use of extreme pressure. I might have cautioned him.”

54 minutes: Capoue will get booked, for going right into a problem on Mkhitaryan with a excessive foot. The Arsenal participant actually did make an enormous present of very restricted contact, although.

53 minutes: Iwobi curls the ball in from the left-hand nook of the world, however Aubameyang simply fails to get a boot to it on the close to submit, after which it curls solely simply previous the far publish.

51 minutes: Iwobi tips his well beyond Doucoure on the byline, however in doing so tips his means off the pitch.

49 minutes: Arsenal have dominated the early moments of this half. Certainly, Watford have barely obtained a kick.

46 minutes: Peeeeep! They usually’re off!

The gamers are again out, with Arsenal changing Torreira with Ozil for the second half.

“There’s no means that was a straight pink however that wanted to occur to Deeney in order to reset the karmic stability,” says Jerome Bishop.

Half-time studying: right here’s a bit a few match performed 95 years in the past yesterday, and a time when two of this season’s relegation candidates have been engaged within the tightest title chase of all time:

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Some clarification from Rick McGahey: “I feel you're joking a few ‘fairly mild forearm smash’ (though you'll be able to by no means inform with English soccer followers and their tolerance for bodily play), however simply to be pedantic (it's The Guardian in any case), right here’s what Fifa means by ‘extreme drive’: ‘Utilizing extreme pressure signifies that the participant has far exceeded the required use of pressure and is in peril of injuring his opponent.’ Since hitting Torriera within the head wasn’t vital in any respect (by no means might be), purple card is simply fantastic by Fifa requirements.” Yeah, I get that. However I feel Fifa have labored some pointless gray space into their wording right here. It appeared to me like a purple card, as a result of Deeney jabbed his forearm into Torreira’s head, however he was not in peril of injuring his opponent, so maybe I’m flawed.

45+2 minutes: Arsenal don’t deserve something from that half. They've been horrible, and for giant elements outplayed by 10 males. Nevertheless, they've been gifted a lead they usually’ve nonetheless received it.

45+1 minutes: There shall be one minute of stoppage time. It begins with Aubameyang getting the ball within the space, twisting this manner and that after which capturing into Hughes.

44 minutes: “So if I perceive appropriately, Deeney (a) determined forward of time to whack an Arsenal participant, (b) introduced his intention to the referees, after which (c) truly went out and did it,” summarises Peter McMurry. “And now he’s complaining a few pink card? There’s received to be some Spanish aphorism about brains v cojones that’s applicable right here.”

41 minutes: Watford assault properly, and when Femenia crosses from the suitable Mustafi heads the ball simply earlier than Kabasele can volley it. On the plus aspect, he denies Watford a goalscoring probability. On the down aspect, he will get volleyed within the head.

40 minutes: As Gary Naylor factors out, you truly ought to be allowed to do a fairly mild forearm smash. Fifa’s legal guidelines state: “A participant is responsible of violent conduct if he makes use of extreme pressure or brutality towards an opponent when not difficult for the ball.” So a little bit of pressure is ok.

37 minutes: Doucoure flicks the ball over an opponent’s head and passes to Grey, who I’m fairly sure just isn't offside, however the lino has his flag up. Grey ought to have been performed in on objective, through which case the official’s mistake would have been vital, however as an alternative the move was performed behind him.

35 minutes: Arsenal have been dreadful to date. Clearly the sport has sort of been handed to them, however their very own contribution has been extraordinarily weak. “Let’s have extra enjoyable!” suggests Hubert O’Hearn. “In what approach are Emery’s Arsenal higher than later Wenger? Monsters at residence/helpless away; flat monitor bullies/contenders meat and drink; clever but indecisive; and nobody is aware of what to do with Mesut Ozil. Talk about.”

32 minutes: Capoue’s free-kick is heading for the nook of the web, however turned around the publish by Leno!

31 minutes: Hughes runs from his personal half to the sting of the D, after which falls over. I didn’t see a foul, however the referee did.

30 minutes: “Couldn’t be extra impartial on this match if I used to be a Swiss woman named Heidi, however truthfully, by no means a pink card,” argues Hubert O’Hearn. “To cite the late Jimmy Cannon on the ‘invisible knockout’ in Clay v. Liston II: ‘I used to be at ringside, I noticed the punch, and it wouldn’t have crushed a grape.’”

I feel that should you smash somebody within the face just a bit bit, it’s nonetheless a face-smash.

28 minutes: That is fairly enjoyable. We will solely think about how a lot enjoyable it may need been had Watford not gone right down to 10 males.

26 minutes: Arsenal counter-attack and briefly have a three-on-one, however Iwobi dallies after which shoots into Cathcart, and when the ball bounces again to him he lashes in a shot, which Foster pushes over the bar!

26 minutes: Watford are on prime in the mean time. They win a nook, and because it is available in Leno provides Grey a shove. Watford fancy a penalty, however don’t get one.

25 minutes: Key Deeney quote right here, from final season’s “cojones” rant. “Let me whack the primary one and see who needs it,” is a wonderfully respectable tactic, until the referee spots it:

I've to observe what I say, nevertheless it’s [having] a little bit of cojones, is what I’ll say. Each time I play towards Arsenal, I’ll go up and assume ‘let me whack the primary one and see who needs it.’

24 minutes: Probability for Watford! Grey escapes down the left, however Monreal spots Doucoure’s burst into the world and is available to clear the pull-back.

22 minutes: Torreira wins one other free-kick, and has made himself very unpopular with the house followers. I nonetheless assume the choice to ship Deeney off was the correct one. “Fascinating foul from Troy Deeney,” says Gary Naylor. “I think (and I feel Deeney has stated as a lot prior to now) that he was testing the waters with an early ‘orange’ absolutely anticipating that a yellow would come. It didn’t, and rightly so. Falls into the ‘too intelligent by half’ drawer.”

20 minutes: The free-kick is lifted into the world, it comes off Kabasele and drops to Cathcart, whose volley goalwards is saved!

19 minutes: Large cheers as Watford get their first free-kick of the sport, when Torreira brings down Capoue. “Off! Off! Off!” shout the house followers.

17 minutes: Iwobi will get down the left and crosses, Aubameyang reaches it on the close to submit, however the ball deflects extensive off Cathcart.

17 minutes: It has been a mind-boggling implosion from Watford, who had began the sport so properly however have gifted their opponents a objective and a person benefit. Weird decision-making from two very skilled gamers.

14 minutes: Hughes tackles Mkhitaryan, who collapses to the ground and rolls round clutching his ankle. The referee tells him to rise up, and so he stops rolling round, will get up and trots off, utterly nice.

12 minutes: I feel that’s not a horrible name. Deeney ran previous Torreira and as he did so pushed his forearm into his opponent. It wasn’t very violent, nevertheless it was totally pointless.

11 minutes: The referee, or his assistant, has seen one thing the cameras haven't. There was apparently a coming along with Torreira. Arsenal declare there was an elbow, and the referee brings out a purple card!

11 minutes: Aubameyang closed down the keeper nicely there, however that's only a hideous objective to concede.

Arsenal take the lead, and that's an absolute present! Janmaat passes again to Foster, whose first contact is poor, and whose clearance hits Aubameyang’s ankle and rebounds into the web!

eight minutes: Xhaka’s ridiculous collapse when Masina lays a flat palm gently towards his again earns Arsenal a free-kick, and a little bit of a breather.

7 minutes: It’s been a fantastic begin for the house aspect, who appear to be profitable all of the 50/50 challenges, and a good few 60/40 and 70/30s as properly.

5 minutes: That results in a Watford nook, from which they strain the Arsenal defence for some time, till Hughes shanks a volley broad.

four minutes: Femenia barely overhits a cross to Grey, and Mavrapanos cuts it out to finish a briefly very promising Watford assault.

2 minutes: Grey closes down Leno, and forces the keeper right into a panicked clearance. The gang roars.

1 min: Peeeeep! Watford get the sport began!

Arsenal are of their third package, which for many who haven’t seen it's “a contemporary inexperienced base color with navy detailing”.

And out they arrive!

The gamers have gathered within the tunnel.

Javi Gracia has a pre-match chat. He says his workforce will begin with a again three, which is a big departure for him:

With the gamers we've we will change form through the recreation. It depends upon totally different circumstances. [Emery] got here to see us many occasions however I feel it’s not an important to know one another. Crucial is what is occurring on the pitch and at this second the primary protagonists are the gamers. I feel we’ll see an excellent recreation and I hope we’ll have a great outcome on the finish for us.

I feel the absence of each Pereyra and Deulofeu could be very vital for Watford. The Argentinian has been in mediocre type for a lot of the season, however both of these gamers can conjure a objective at any second, and with out them their assault is fairly prosaic.

Right here’s the Press Affiliation’s team-news-based replace:

Arsenal made six modifications for his or her Premier League conflict at Watford as Konstantinos Mavropanos made his first begin since Might.

The Gunners face Napoli within the second leg of their Europa League quarter-final and journey to Italy defending a 2-Zero lead.

Moody sundown photograph of the day:

Good stat from Invoice Edgar within the Occasions this morning: if Watford don't beat Arsenal tonight it can be sure that this would be the first top-flight case of three seasons in a row with the identical groups filling the highest six locations (in any order).

Six modifications for Arsenal, together with Bernd Leno in aim. Ozil and Lacazette each drop to the bench.

Watford are additionally much-changed: Adam Masina is available in at left-back, Christian Kabasele is at centre-back, and neither Roberto Pereyra or Gerard Deulofeu are match.

These are at present’s groups:

Watford: Foster, Janmaat, Kabasele, Cathcart, Masina, Femenia, Capoue, Doucoure, Hughes, Deeney, Grey. Subs: Gomes, Britos, Mariappa, Success, Sema, Chalobah, Navarro.
Arsenal: Leno, Mustafi, Koscielny, Mavropanos, Monreal, Torreira, Xhaka, Mkhitaryan, Ramsey, Iwobi, Aubameyang. Subs: Cech, Elneny, Lacazette, Ozil, Maitland-Niles, Guendouzi, Kolasinac.
Referee: Craig Pawson.


four⃣ modifications from our final line-up.

➡ Foster, Kabasele, Janmaat, Masina
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Tonight's workforce information...

Granit Xhaka returns
@DMavropanos begins
⚡️ @Aubameyang7 leads the road#WATARS

Watford gained this fixture final yr, a riproaring 2-1 victory sealed by Tom Cleverley’s stoppage-time strike which prompted Troy Deeney, scorer of his aspect’s different aim that night time, to ship his sermon about Arsenal and their issue with “cojones”. So the Gunners might be eager to make amends for that.

Arsenal won their home game against Watford in September, two objectives in three late minutes bringing them a 2-Zero victory. They solely had two photographs on course that day (Watford had 5) and most observers declared that the guests ought to have gained it. So the Hornets will probably be eager to make amends for that.

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