Watford vs Arsenal : Gunpowder Match day 3 review
GUNNERS BAG FIRST THREE POINTS OF THE SEASON AS WATFORD ARE PUT
The Arsenal Engine seems up and running at last in season 2016/2017.Following a routine
1-3 victory away to Watford at Vicarage road. Arsenal entered the game with a lot less doom
and gloom compared to their last fixture at the home of Champions Leicester. Concrete
news of 2 new additions set to be made to the squad were already making the rounds.
Lucas Perez and Shokdan Mustafi’s emergence had given goonerdom the much needed
relief and it just seemed all the team needed to do was Bag 3points and a real sense of life
would cascade into our previously shaky season start.
The starting line up saw the reintroduction of super star Mesut Ozil in his favored attacking
midfield role, supported by Granit Xhaka in the deep and Santi Carzola slightly ahead of him.
Everyone else from the Leicester game kept their place except for Coquelin who dropped to the
bench. Ostensibly in reaction to his penchant for picking needless yellow cards that always
tend to leave the team precariously close to being one man short.
We started confidently keeping possession and looking to get the early goal which wasn’t
long in coming when curious defending by Amrabat in the 8th minute where he performed a
WWE move on Alexis in the box & left the ref with no choice but to Award Arsenal a penalty.
Carzola stepped up to bury it, injecting more confidence in the team. The presence of Ozil
back in the side gave one the feeling Sanchez was happy to be out there doing his bit as the
forward man in the centre.Passes from deep where coming through…he rarely needed to
drop back inside to have a bit of the ball from being isolated upfront. With Chamberlain and
Walcott happy to dart along the flanks and supply crosses coupled with Ozils creative
brilliance.. always just a swing of the boot away, it wasnt surprising to see the trademark
smile back on the chileans face.
He was the one to register goal number 2 after a fine ball across the D by Walcott. It was a
wierd strike to watch, as it appeared the Chllean didn’t really intend to score there..but well
he won’t care, he did and it was 2-0
seemed very much like the home team didn’t know what hit them. Clearly being outclassed all
over the shop, it was about to get worse.
The third goal came swiftly as the brilliant Ozil and Sanchez combined in a moment of pure
class. Alexis had possession far on the left and with no teammate in good position near him
he spotted Mesut’s run almost telepathically with a lofted pass whose run past the sleeping
Watford defenders was just textbook really as he met the ball with his head to make it 0-3.
Game over effectively.
The 1st half ended on this heartwarming note and the home crowd fell silent.
The 2nd half began slowly for Arsenal. It was always going to be the case anyway. A Healthy lead in
the bag,3 points all but safe, no real need to go all out. But the game still had to be closed
out. There was a change for Watford, with record signing Roberto Pereyra replacing
Guedioura but it was Arsenal who threatened first, Walcott drilling a ball across the 6 yard
box but no teammate was on hand to tuck it home. Later New found goalscoring maching
Etienne capoue tested Cheque from distance but the keeper had all the answers.
The Homeside would eventually get a goal though in the 56th minute. A seemingly harmless
ball into the Box from the left was headed out by young rookie defender Holding, but it hit an
Arsenal player and resulted in a pin ball sequence that darted everywhere in our danger
area before settling at the foot of substitute Roberto Pereyra who tucked it home. Arsenal
responded with chances falling for the OX (who had a poor game it must be said) and Theo
Walcott but both were wasted. You get the feeling that Perez’s inclusion can’t come any
Watford striker Ighalo had 2 good chances to reel Arsenal back in but he also was in wasteful mood. Ozil
and Monreal gave way to Elneny and Gibbs..Monreal with a suspected Ankle injury that
Wenger will hope is not too serious. Both teams exchanged chances down the stretch of the
game but in the End there was to be no additions to the scoreline as Arsenal left wilth All 3
points..The international break now beckons and the gunners will use the timeframe to bed
in the new boys and come out firing after. Cant wait to see what Perez does with Ozils