Highlights and report as Arsenal squander 2-Zero lead on Quique Sanchez Flores’ Watford return
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Arsenal threw away a 2-Zero lead at Watford via defensive errors as Quique Sanchez Flores’ aspect earned a 2-2 draw within the first recreation of his second spell.
A sometimes skilled end from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had Arsenal forward (21) regardless of Watford’s requires a foul within the build-up, and the Gabon striker made it 2-Zero shortly after with a easy end from a tremendous Gunners transfer (32).
Watford halved the deficit simply after the break via Tom Cleverley as Sokratis was caught enjoying out from the again (53), and Arsenal shot themselves within the foot once more as David Luiz tripped sub Roberto Pereyra within the space, and he duly dispatched the penalty (81).
Watford ought to have received it in a chaotic last 15 minutes, however the thrilling affair ended stage, which means Arsenal keep seventh on eight factors from 5 video games, whereas Watford keep backside however with their confidence again.
Although Arsenal appeared medical within the last third within the first half, they confronted 31 pictures at their purpose, probably the most they’ve ever confronted in a Premier League fixture since Opta started gathering such information within the division in 2003/04.
Quique made two adjustments to his first line-up in his second spell at Watford; Gerard Deulofeu and Etienne Capoue got here in, changing Roberto Pereyra and the injured Craig Cathcart.
Arsenal additionally made two adjustments; Mesut Ozil returned for the injured Alexandre Lacazette, whereas Dani Ceballos changed Lucas Torreira, who was on the bench.
After a tremendous reception for returning boss Quique, Watford have been on prime within the early phases, going closest via Tom Cleverley’s long-range effort tipped over the bar by Bernd Leno, as Arsenal struggled to get tight.
However the Gunners took the lead with their first significant assault. Watford pleaded for a free-kick on midway as Dani Ceballos robbed Will Hughes, however play continued as Sead Kolasinac fed Aubameyang, whose emphatic contact and low shot beat Ben Foster. VAR Daniel Cook dinner briefly appeared, however was happy with the preliminary determination, in contrast to Watford followers.
It was 2-Zero simply 11 minutes later as Mesut Ozil, enjoying his first minutes this season, brilliantly fed Ainsley Maitland-Niles in-behind the defence on the precise of the field, and his centre was easy for Aubameyang to show dwelling. Although the striker took the glory, each Maitland-Niles’ run and Ozil’s spot have been spectacular.
Having almost been caught out enjoying out from the again within the first half, Arsenal did not be taught their lesson. Sokratis’ ahead cross from six yards out after a Leno purpose kick was intercepted by Gerard Deulofeu, and the ball fell kindly for Cleverley to comb dwelling. Replays confirmed Deulofeu was within the field when the goal-kick was taken, however the purpose stood.
Watford then had their tails up, peppering Leno’s purpose from all angles, as Arsenal introduced on Joe Willock, Reiss Nelson and Lucas Torreira for Dani Ceballos, Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi in an try to shut down the competition.
Watford sub Ismaila Sarr went shut, dragging extensive as he turned along with his again to purpose following Deulofeu’s cute cross, however they obtained the purpose their stress deserved via one other Luiz mishap.
The Brazilian was outdone by Pereyra’s tough feed simply contained in the field, and it was the Argentine himself who dusted himself off to fit backside left nook for 2-2.
The roof would have lifted off Vicarage Street had Deulofeu not missed the far submit by inches simply minutes later, or had Leno not saved from Abdoulaye Doucoure at point-blank vary, nevertheless it one way or the other ended stage regardless of the chaos of the ‘you may have a go, we’ve a go’ last 15 minutes.
Arsenal go to Eintracht Frankfurt of their first Europa League group-stage conflict on Thursday at 5.55pm, earlier than internet hosting Aston Villa within the Premier League on Sunday at 4.30pm. Watford go to champions Manchester Metropolis within the Premier League at 3pm on Saturday.
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