Arsenal bag more 3 points after dispatching gritty Watford at the Emirates
Its been a real change of fortunes for Arsenal after the two early season defeats to Manchester city and Chelsea. The North Londoners have gone ahead to win 5 consecutive premier league games (7 overall this season) picking 15points on the way and climbing up to 5th on the table.
Unai Emery has gotten the confidence back after a shaky start and as he says the team is just looking to continue its improvements accross board as the season progresses.
Watford were the latest team to taste defeat at the hands of the Gunners and despite most pundits gave Watford the odds to cause an upset considering their own strong start to the season Arsenal showed grit & guts to grind out the win.
The saga of Aaron Ramsey’s Contract had been an issue pre-game. There were rumors of talks having completely broken down & Arsenal withdrawing an offer initially made to the Welsh Midfielder. Unai still named him in the starting line up though alongside Mesut Ozil & Granit Xhaka. The Defence line saw young Centreback Holding retain his place after a good cameo vs Everton
He was paired wurh Mustafi with Bellerin & Monreal completing the back 4. Upront Lacazette & Aubameyang led the front.
The early exchanges saw Watford trying to score early to rattle the homeside but the combo of Cech in goal & the back 4 contributed to keep them at bay. Lacazette had the first chance but blew it with a piece of bad marksmanship. He tried to chip the unrushing Goal keeper, one on one but put it wide.
The Frsthalf was a cagey affair with not much Chances but at the end of proceedings Petr Cech suffered a hamstring issue and had to make way for Bernd Leno the sub keeper who many were dying to see.
The 2nd Half the Viators looked eager to get that opening goal and were probaly unlucky not to. They went close on several occasions via Troy deeney and Gray. Leno making good saves both times.
Emery introduced Alex Iwobi to introduce some pace & trickery down the channels & withdrew Aubameyang who was unable to provide any spark.
It proved a master strike as Iwobi delivered the cross that got deflected in for an Own goal. 1-0 to Arsenal. Soon it was 2 as Mesut Ghosted in to the box tapping in Lacazette’s cross.
The game ended 2-0 and rhe gunners will look to Rotate on thursday In the Europa league where we might see Welbeck , Myhkitaryan and Eleneny start vs Quarabag.