With Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey both out of the squad, Mesut Ozil not making the starting eleven, it looked like it could be a tough day at Vicarage Road.
Arsenal started the game well, with the Hornets not looking too worrying. Lacazette made some good runs in behind the defence but was lacking that killer ball which could have been provided by one certain Germain if he wasn’t on the bench.
The Gunners made it 1-0 through a Per Mertesacker header, Xhaka put in a fine corner onto the six-yard line where the captain managed to wriggle away from Cleverley and head it into the back of the net. Xhaka had a few long-range shots which didn’t seem to trouble the keeper, with the team in Blue leading at the halftime whistle.
Arsenal looked in control at the beginning of the second half, with Wenger deciding to bring on Mesut Ozil in the 60th minute. His class shone through straight away with a great ball into Iwobi, who opened up and got away a good shot, which forced a great save from Gomes.
It was all going well for the Gunners, but Arsenal being Arsenal that soon changed. Arsenal broke away with Iwobi playing a ball into Ozil who was one on one with only the keeper to beat but didn’t trouble him.
Watford broke down the other end with Bellerin bringing down a Watford player in the area to give away the penalty to which Troy Deeney score. It was soft looking back at the decision but you know the opposition is always going to go down under any sort of contact in the box.
Watford piled on the pressure in the last fifteen minutes, with the team in yellow even striking the post late on. Rob Holding had to come on for Laurent Koscielny in the last five minutes, with the Frenchman looking like he was struggling. With only minutes remaining of added time, Watford took the only chance that they needed, with the ex-Manchester United man scoring the winner.
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