Result: Arsenal 2 – 0 Watford
Competition: Premier League
Date: 29 September 2018
Venue: The Emirates Stadium
Arsenal earn another three points with a clean sheet and a 2-0 win against Watford. It was an open, physical game which saw both sides pour forward relentlessly. The first goal came late in the 80th minute as substitute, Iwobi, crossed only for Watford to deflect the ball in for an own goal. Ozil scored the second almost immediately to settle the match. Emery has got to look to shuffle his team with Cech going off injured and the team playing more coherently when one of the current front four is substituted for a natural wide forward.
ARSENAL STARTING XI
The Arsenal team: Cech, Bellerin, Holding, Mustafi, Monreal, Torreira, Xhaka, Ozil, Ramsey, Aubameyang, Lacazette
Subs: Leno, Lichtsteiner, Kolasinac, Guendouzi, Mkhitaryan, Iwobi, Welbeck
0′ – HOLDING FOR SOKRATIS
Arsenal revert to their Premier League team for a challenging home game against a Watford team that have been impressive this season as they sit 2 places above Arsenal in fourth place. The only notable change has been Sokratis, who has been rested after injuring himself in the game against Everton. Rob Holding steps in.
4′ – PENALTY CLAIM
Lacazette shimmies past the Watford defence and is caught by Kabasele. Lacazette loses his balance but stays on his feet. That was definitely a pen, and cynics will say he should have gone down to gain the penalty.
10′ – HUGHES CHANCE GOES WIDE
Cholevas sends a diagonal cross from the left after catching out Bellerin. Deeney heads down the ball for Hughes who volleys the ball just wide of Cech’s goal.
14′ – LACAZETTE MISSES!
Cathcart is caught out by Lacazette who harries the Watford last line of defence. Lacazette decides to chip the onrushing Foster but miscontrols the attempt and it goes wide. A great opportunity missed.
16′ – WATFORD GETTING PHYSICAL
Watford haven’t been shy in getting physical with Arsenal. Niggly tackles on the Arsenal midfield and diagonals from deep towards Deeney have been the order of the day. The Gunners have to be at their best to keep possession and prevent dangerous crosses.
20′ – LACAZETTE CHANCE
Ozil spots Monreal lurking on the left wing. Monreal knocks it down for Lacazette who is inches away from contact. It’s been an open game and we have seen how these games have gone the last few weeks.
28′ – STRUCTURED PRESSING
Arsenal’s midfield are pressing well collectively around the centre circle, denying Watford time to pick their passes. Lacazette looks impressive with his aggressive harrying of the opposition.
30′ – YELLOW CARD FOR DEENEY
Yellow card for Captain Cajones as he clatters clumsily into Monreal.
35′ – CECH SAVE
Poor defending from Mustafi (who else?) as he smothers a Watford player looking to receive a long ball just outside the penalty box. Cech saves the resulting free kick and gets a few bruises in the process from the opposition attackers.
38′ – XHAKA STRIKE
Bellerin crosses but the ball deflects away to Xhaka who strikes it sweetly from just outside the left of the box. Foster parries the low driven shot away for a corner.
44′ – YELLOW CARD, TORREIRA
The Uruguayan gets a booking for a late challenge on Deeney.
45 + 1′ – CECH DOES HIS HAMSTRING
Cech kicks it long and pulls his hamstring. He’s been good this season for Arsenal and Leno has big shoes (and gloves to fill). The next 3 weeks or so is pivotal for Leno has he proves his pedigree.
HALF TIME: ARSENAL 0 – 0 WATFORD
It’s been a lively game as both teams have played at a high tempo with their full backs bombing forward. Arsenal haven’t been able to produce a coherent pattern of play but have been industrious in the midfield to prevent Watford’s attacks. Can Mkhitaryan or Iwobi add some balance in the second half? Leno’s late introduction for Cech might also play a part in the result as he takes on one of the most aerially challenging teams in the Premier League.
50′ – ARSENAL CHANCE
Xhaka swings in a corner and Mustafi heads the ball above the bar.
51′ – WONDERFUL LENO SAVE
Deeney gets in front of his marker from a free kick and stabs the ball on goal. Leno makes an instinctive save and parries the ball away.
53′ – ARSENAL COUNTER
Arsenal on a quick counter. Torreira passes to Aubameyang on the right and the Gabon forward crosses for Lacazette who mistimes his header and head the ball wide.
61′ – YELLOW CARD, MUSTAFI
The defender goes into the book for complaining against the referee for not giving Arsenal a corner.
62′ – SUBSTITUTION
Iwobi comes on for Ramsey to bring some energy and craft to the team. Ramsey has been on the periphery today. Ozil gets to patrol the centre of the pitch while Aubameyang goes to the right to accommodate Iwobi.
66′ – ANOTHER LENO SAVE
Deeney threads a through pass to Gray but Leno steps out quickly to cover the angle and block the shot.
69′ – PEREYRA CHANCE
Pereyra turns Torreira inside out, makes his way into the box and tries to scoop the ball towards the far post but misses.
71′ – HOLDING BLOCK
Watford make their way into the Arsenal box and the ball lands at the feet of Watford’s Success. Holding is there to make the block and prevent Arsenal from going one down.
73′ – WATFORD CHANCE
A free kick for Watford sees Cathcart attack the ball. The ball squirms under Leno but the German saves just in time.
74′ – SUCCESS ALMOST SCORES
Success streaks through on goal, chips Leno but the ball brushes past the far post. Watford has got the momentum in the last 10 minutes.
75′ – SUBSTITUTION
Mid-week 2 goal hero Welbeck replaces Aubameyang who has been quiet today. Come on Danny!
76′ – DEENEY SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN A SECOND YELLOW
A late challenge on Torreira goes unpunished.
78′ – YELLOW CARD, DOUCOURE
Another Watford player goes into the book.
80′ – ⚽ OWN GOAL! ARSENAL 1 – 0 WATFORD
A teasing low cross from Iwobi is met by Lacazette and Cathcart who both challenge for the ball. The final touch comes off Cathcart. Can Arsenal hold on for the win?
82′ – ⚽ OZIL! ARSENAL 2 – 0 WATFORD
It’s a one-two punch. Welbeck wins the ball high up in midfield, passes it to Iwobi who threads the ball wide right to Lacazette. The striker crosses low for Ozil who was in the right place and time to tap in the ball. Deeney, Deeney, what’s the score?
87′ – PEREYRA SHOOTS FROM DISTANCE
A rather desperate attempt as the midfielder tries to claw back a goal. The ball goes high for a goal kick.
FULL TIME: ARSENAL 2 – 0 WATFORD
Watford looked to be the better team in attack but Arsenal scored a goal against the run of play via a Cathcart own goal. Ozil scored a tap in just minutes after to kill any hopes of a Watford come back. Iwobi and Leno looked great coming off the bench and the former is pushing hard for a starting position with his recent good form.