A Ben Foster howler and a pointless Troy Deeney purple card helped Arsenal climb encourage into the Premier League top four with victory at Watford.
Goalkeeper Foster gifted the Gunners an opening goal after 10 minutes when he took too prolonged on the ball after collecting a encourage cross, allowing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to rate down his clearance and deflect the ball in.
Real a minute later, Watford captain Deeney became despatched off for throwing his forearm into the face of Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira in a dull topic.
No topic having fun with with 10 men for eighty minutes, Watford equipped the a ways greater threat, hitting the bar via Adam Masina’s necessary pressure from distance in the 2nd 1/2, and forcing Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno correct into a replacement of very fair correct saves.
The German denied Craig Cathcart properly with his feet rapidly after Deeney’s purple card – and later in the first 1/2 dived at plump stretch to tip away Etienne Capoue’s goalbound free-kick.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles also produced a truly indispensable block with 10 minutes closing when he slid in to dam Andre Grey’s shot after the Watford striker had rounded Leno.
The guests’ ultimate valid likelihood came midway via the 2nd 1/2 but Foster brilliantly unfold himself to dam Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s volley from cessation range.
The Gunners were properly below their simplest however the uncommon away snatch could presumably perchance well present indispensable in the plod to qualify for subsequent season’s Champions League.
They climb two locations to fourth in the desk, two capabilities clear of Manchester United and forward of Chelsea on goal distinction.
Two moments of madness imprint Watford
On the steadiness of play, Watford must include taken three capabilities from this game; a snatch would include considered them leap from tenth to seventh in the Premier League.
As an alternative they were left ruing two foolish incidents within Ninety five seconds of every varied.
There looked minute hazard when Foster aloof a encourage cross true birth air his six-yard field but he dawdled on the ball allowing the pacey Aubameyang sufficient time to cessation him down.
Deeney’s noxious became no longer vicious or in particular abominable, but foolish and pointless.
He chased down Torreira deep in the Arsenal 1/2 and after the Uruguayan had handed the ball threw his forearm into his opponent’s face.
Deeney said Arsenal lacked “cojones” after Watford won this fixture last season, adding that “every time I play in opposition to Arsenal, I lunge to transfer up and mediate, ‘let me whack the first one and gaze who needs it'”. He could presumably perchance well no longer include had those comments on his tips tonight but they would possibly be able to probably amuse Arsenal fans.
Following the purple card, Watford were a ways optimistic and in the final 20 minutes it became they who were pressing for an equaliser, rather than Arsenal taking a test out liable to attain a 2nd goal.
Had Watford, and in particular Grey, proven greater composure in the penalty field, then they could presumably perchance properly include taken no longer lower than a level.
The Gunners too lacked composure after they did assemble into attacking positions, and for the most segment their make-up play became too sluggish, however the snatch could presumably perchance well present indispensable nonetheless.
Gunners treatment scuttle effort
Arsenal had ultimate won two of their away video games in 2019 earlier than this match – at bottom-of-the-desk Huddersfield and at League One Blackpool in the FA Cup.
Their dwelling make – the third-simplest in the league – has saved them trying for the stop four, and a uncommon snatch on the road keeps them in care for watch over of their hopes.
Leno’s fair correct saves, key clearances from captain Laurent Koscielny and Watford’s wastefulness allowed them to care for their first clear sheet away from dwelling this season. They had the precise top-flight facet without one on their travels.
Now not like their top-four rivals, Arsenal produce no longer play any of the Premier League’s ‘huge six’ earlier than the tip of the season – but must care for winning on the road if they’re to seal Champions League qualification.
They’ve advanced away video games to come encourage in opposition to seventh-positioned Leicester and eighth-positioned Wolves as properly as a day out to Burnley on the final day.
|Bolt for the Premier League top four|
|21 April Crystal Palace (H)||22 April Burnley (H)||21 April Everton (A)||20 April Manchester City (A)|
|24 April Wolves (A)||24 April Man City (H)||23 April Brighton (H)|
|29 April Leicester (A)||28 April Man Utd (A)||28 April Chelsea (H)||27 April West Ham (H)|
|four Would possibly possibly presumably well well also fair Brighton (H)||four Would possibly possibly presumably well well also fair Watford (H)||5 Would possibly possibly presumably well well also fair Huddersfield (A)||6 Would possibly possibly presumably well well also fair Bournemouth (A)|
|12 Would possibly possibly presumably well well also fair Burnley (A)||12 Would possibly possibly presumably well well also fair Leicester (A)||12 Would possibly possibly presumably well well also fair Cardiff (H)||12 Would possibly possibly presumably well well also fair Everton (H)|
Man of the match – Etienne Capoue (Watford)
‘By no manner a purple card’ – supervisor response
Watford supervisor Javi Gracia, talking to BBC Sport: “I’m very at ease with my gamers. I’m no longer excited by the final consequence, we had our possibilities, hit the woodwork and created possibilities with 10 gamers.
“I appreciate the referee’s decision. In my test out it’s clear, possibly a yellow card but never a purple card. I produce no longer accept as true with the choice.
“Troy is extremely sad. It became a truly indispensable game for us, he knew it. The sending off became very advanced for us.”
Arsenal supervisor Unai Emery talking to BBC Sport: “We were competitive this day but in the instances we are able to care for watch over the match better. We did no longer originate it easy to attain the 2nd goal. We did no longer care for watch over the ball in the attacking third.
“A clear sheet is extremely indispensable. It is going to give us quite a range of data, this match. Our diagnosis will give us self assurance.
“For some gamers devour Konstantinos Mavropanos it’s fair correct, to play some minutes and give varied gamers some relaxation for Thursday. It is miles a clear competition; we now include a two-goal income in opposition to Napoli but it absolutely goes to be very advanced.”
Aubameyang is predominant man – the most attention-grabbing stats
- Watford suffered their first defeat in six Premier League dwelling video games (W3 D2).
- Arsenal saved their first away clear sheet in the Premier League this season on the 16th time of asking.
- None of the previous 12 Premier League conferences between Watford and Arsenal include ended in a design (10 wins for Arsenal, two for Watford); ultimate two fixtures in the competition were executed more in most cases without ever sharing the spoils (Manchester United v Wigan (sixteen), Aston Villa v Derby (14).
- Since returning to the Premier League in 2015-sixteen, Watford include picked up 15 purple playing cards in the competition, more than any varied facet.
- Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been at the moment desirous about three aims in his three Premier League appearances in opposition to Watford, scoring two and assisting one.
- Aubameyang netted his first goal away from Emirates Stadium since Boxing day (at Brighton), ending a flee of seven video games on the road in all competitions with scoring for Arsenal.
- Since his debut in February 2018, Aubameyang has been at the moment desirous about 37 Premier League aims for Arsenal (28 aims, nine assists), 11 more than any varied player for the Gunners in that time.
- Watford’s Troy Deeney became despatched off for the 2nd time in the Premier League and for the first time since December 2017 in opposition to Huddersfield.
Arsenal scuttle to Napoli for his or her Europa League quarter-final 2nd leg on Thursday (20:00 BST kick-off) as they give the impression of being to defend a 2-Zero lead.
The Gunners’ subsequent Premier League game is in opposition to Crystal Palace on Sunday (sixteen:00 BST).
Watford scuttle to Huddersfield in their subsequent game on Saturday (15:00 BST).