Arsenal were on a good run of form heading into this game, stringing together six wins in a row in all competitions. Watford themselves have proven to be a force this season, having only lost a single Premier League game to Manchester United. The Gunners were not in for an easy afternoon.
Petr Cech – 5/10
A rather quiet game for Cech, as most of the action took place in the centre of the park. However, anything he had to deal was dealt with comfortably. Unfortunately, Cech picked up an injury just before halftime and was replaced by Bernd Leno.
Hector Bellerin – 6/10
A running theme in Bellerin’s season so far has been his apparent isolation on the right-hand side. Always bursting forward whenever he can, but limited in those moments because of the lack of help he receives at right back. His defensive duties are being tested.
Rob Holding – 9/10
With Sokratis not included in the matchday squad, Holding was on hand to provide a fantastic performance in his place. Troy Deeney and Andre Gray are both physical players and Rob dealt with them superbly in every department. My Man of the Match.
Shkodran Mustafi – 6/10
While Holding was superb in dealing with Deeney, Mustafi let the partnership down by allowing himself to get bullied by the Watford strikers. While keeping a clean sheet, Mustafi needed to be stronger.
Nacho Monreal – 7/10
With no direct outlet in the Gunners team, Monreal and Bellerin have to be the wide options. While it was a blunt game going forward for the Spaniard, he was a rock at the back and handled everything thrown at him.
Lucas Torreira – 7/10
Torreira did what he does best, breaking the Watford play up. Whenever they pushed forward, the Uruguayan was nipping at their heels. Buzzing around the pitch, linking the Arsenal team together and providing sufficient defensive cover.
Granit Xhaka – 7/10
Xhaka has found his perfect partner in the heart of the team, with Torreira by his side. It allows the Swiss international to embrace the extra freedom given to him. Another good performance from someone who regularly comes under fire from Arsenal fans.
Aaron Ramsey – 6/10
It seems as though the behind the scenes drama is taking its toll for Ramsey on the pitch. He found the ball at his feet quite often, but Watford crowded him out and nullified his efforts going forward.
Mesut Ozil – 7/10
It wasn’t a game Ozil could get into as much as he wanted to. Most of the action took place behind him and was often found lurking in pockets of space in between the Watford lines, rarely being found. His redemption was found in later stages of the game when he got himself a goal.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 6/10
How do you fit in all your big names and all of them being used to their potential? For Emery, he’s yet to crack the code. Aubameyang did cause Watford some trouble, but he’s best fit poaching goals in the box. Something which he’s not being allowed to do out wide.
Alexandre Lacazette – 7/10
Not firing on all cylinders in this fixture, missing two glorious chances. But, the Frenchman didn’t let it get him down and he eventually played a part in both goals. One being an own goal and an assist for Ozil.
Bernd Leno – 7/10
Brought on in the first half to replace an injured Cech, he produced a fine display. Two key saves in the second half earned himself the clean sheet and gave Arsenal the confidence to go on and win the match.
Alex Iwobi – 8/10
Iwobi has improved massively on last season, producing another great performance. Completely changed the dynamic of the game and gave The Arsenal an extra dimension going forward. Crucial in both goals, even if not directly contributing. Exciting times for the youngster.
Danny Welbeck – 7/10
After a great game against Brentford, scoring two goals, he might have hoped for a start. An explosive performance coming off the bench and keeping him on Emery’s radar.