Result: Arsenal 4-1 Watford
Date: 28 July 2021
Venue: London Colney
Arsenal stepped up their pre-season preparations with a 4-1 win over Watford.
Organised at late notice following the Gunners withdrawal from the Florida Cup, the match was played behind closed doors in the rain at London Colney.
The Gunners started with the likes of Bernd Leno, Nuno Tavares, Sambi Lokonga, Willian, Reiss Nelson and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the field and went on to make a host of changes at the break and just past the hour mark.
We were level at half time when Philip Zinckernagel cancelled out Eddie Nketiah’s curled opener but made our dominance pay in a slick second half.
Alex Lacazette restored Arsenal’s lead from the penalty spot on 69 minutes, Kieran Tierney tapped in from close range and youngster Miguel Azeez rounded things off from range. We might have had a few more late on were it not for some decent stops by keeper Rob Elliot.
The Gunners have two more friendlies scheduled before the Premier League campaign starts against Brentford on 13 August. We face Chelsea at the Emirates on Sunday and then travel up the road to Spurs the following Saturday.