Watford 0-1 Arsenal
Purpose: Aubameyang (9e)
Malmed by a team of Watford yet reduced to ten, Arsenal is doing very well thanks to an offering of the goalkeeper Hornets, Ben Foster, to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Arsenal travels badly this season. So for this short trip to Watford, Unai Emery aligns a defense to four. And it works. Jostled by Watford who presses very high input, the Gunners resist and sting on their first counter. On an anodyne stimulus ball, Foster hesitates and … Aubameyang comes to counter the clearance of the goalkeeper. Hornets : 1-0 (9e). In the wake, Deeney, the captain of Watford, is logically excluded for a nudge on Torreira. Sounds, the Hornets leave and worry Leno by Cathcart (19e), Gray (23e) and Capua (31e). In vain.
Back on the pitch, Arsenal accelerates. But Iwobi lacks precision on his centers, and Ben Foster flies off a strike from Mkhitaryan (57e). On the other hand, Watford finds faults as on a strike from Masina who hits the square of Leno (61e). Reduced to ten, the Hornets resist to Gunners clumsy. Like Aubameyang on a center of Mkhitaryan (73e), or Xhaka (77e). Better, Watford worries Leno by Gray (79e) and Hughes (83e). Choked late in the game, Arsenal is finally out and wins out of his bases. A first since February 9th.
From there to resist the San Paolo Thursday …
Watford (3-4-1-2): Foster – Janmaat, Kabasaele, Cathcart – Masina (Sema, 86e), Kiko Femenía (Success, 59e), Capua, Doucouré – Hughes – Deeney, Gray. Coach: Javi Gracia.
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Leno – Mustafi, Koscielny, Mavropanos (Guendouzi, 59)e), Nacho Monreal – Xhaka, Torreira (Özil, 46)e) – Iwobi, Ramsey (Maitland-Niles, 68)e), Mkhitaryan – Aubameyang. Coach: Unai Emery.