Watford came back from a goal down to beat Arsenal by two-goals-to-one in a highly exciting Premier League match played at Vicarage Road.
This was a match the Gunners showed so much lethargy and complacency, an un-seriousness that played a great role in their losing a match in which they had ample opportunities to kill off the game in the first half when they were in ascendancy.
The two sides played a brilliant free-flowing passing game, with Arsenal enjoying majority of the ball possession in the opening half of the match.
In spite of the aesthetically pleasing styles both side played, the goal-scoring chances they created were few and far between.
Just at it appeared that the first half was heading for a goalless score, Arsenal’s Captain,Per Mertesacker, powered an Arsenal’s corner kick into the net to shoot his side into the lead.
The Gunners would have doubled their lead in the dying minute of the first half had Granit Xhaka and Hector Belerini showed greater precision when they had chances to shot at the opponent’s goalpost.
Watford came into the second half with increase determination to score, as their opponent took their legs off the pedal.
Richarlison became a source of constant trouble to the Gunners with his energetic runs and his ability to attack the opponent through tight channels in their half of the pitch ; and he was unlucky not to beat Peter Cech with his curling shot seven minutes after the commencement of the second half of the game.
Mesut Ozil set up a goal-scoring chance for Alexandre Iwobi inside Watford’s eighteen yard box, but the Nigerian international after latching onto the ball, fired a curling shot which Heurelho Gomes pushed out of danger.
Had Ozil scored the chance that came his way in the seventh minute , the outcome of this match perhaps would have been different. The German international received a pass in the opponent’s eighteen box but his shot was too feeble to beat Huerelho Gomez.
Ozil’s missed-scoring opportunity was succeeded by Watford’s attack which ended with Richarlison being felled by Bellerini inside his eighteen yard box, an infringement for which a penalty was controversially awarded to Watford. Television replay showed that Bellirin contact with Richarlison was too slight to warrant a penalty kick.
Watford’s second half substitute, Troy Deaney, beat Peter Cech from the penalty spot to equalize the score.
Watford appeared to have been invigorated by their goal, and Richarlison continued to pepper the Gunners with shots he took from outside the eighteen yard box; and Etienne Capoue hit the goalpost with a strike in the seventy fourth minute during his side’s barrage of attack against the opponent in their goalmouth area.
Watford scored their winning goal when a Jose Holebas’ shot took a deflection from a players inside the opponent’s half and Capoue fired the rebound toward the goalpost only for Peter Cech to deflect the ball in front of Tom cleverly, who took his time before hitting the ball into the roof of the net.
At the end of the match, Watford’s fans went into raptures as they gloried in the victory against a formidable side like the Gunners.
Today’s victory took Watford to the fourth position on the league table.