Arsenal’s title quest takes another heavy blow as the Gunners lost to a high flying Watford at Vicarage road on Saturday. A gutsy Watford side came back from behind to win it at the Vicarage and now sit 4th in the Premier League table.
Arsene Wenger chose a three men back line to face their North London neighbors Watford and captain Per Mertesacker was in the line up as well. Alexis Sanchez was rested while Ozil started from the bench. The Gunners had the possession game covered but couldn’t penetrate the Watford defenders. The goal though came for the away side when Mertesacker headed the ball home from a corner. Shortly after Bellerin missed a glittering opportunity to double Arsenal’s lead.
After the break, Arsenal didn’t come with all guns blazing and failed to make a killer blow. Ozil missed another huge chance to put Arsenal double clear, and shortly after Brazilian Richarlison was controversially fouled by Hector Bellerin in the box. Troy Deeney converted the spot kick to level it for the Hornets. At the stoppage time, Tom Cleverley, a former Manchester United man pounced on from a misunderstanding and poor clearance from the Arsenal back and scored the winner for the home side. Arsenal left stranded without a point in a match they were expected to get all the 3 points.
Waford: Gomes; Kabasele, Britos, Mariappa, Kiko Femenia, Holebas; Doucore, Cleverley; pereyra, Richarlison; Gray
Arsenal: Cech; Monreal, Mertesacker, Koscielny; Bellerin, Kolasinac; Elneny, Xhaka; Welbeck, Iwobi; Lacazette
Watford : 4th
Arsenal : 6th
Watford will be playing their next game in the Premier League on next Saturday when they travel across London to face Chelsea.
Arsenal will make a trip to Serbia to face Red Star Belgrade in the Europa League on Thursday.
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