WATFORD 2-3 ARSENAL: Mikel Arteta’s men moved into the top four with the win at Vicarage Road, scoring three goals through Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli – and there could have been, and probably should have been, more
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Make no mistake – that was easy for Arsenal against a Watford Page needs a miracle to stay on top.
Not only Flatters the goal line Roy Hodgson’s men, it doesn’t do justice to the superiority of Mikel Arteta’s squad.
Stay so sharp and ruthless in front of goal and the momentum building behind their four-game winning streak will be difficult for any of their rivals to match.
This is Arsenal’s top four placement.
They need to tighten up defensively and you can understand why Arteta wasn’t in the mood to get carried away in the post-match press conference.
But Arsenal will never get a better chance of making it back to the top flight of Champions League football, where they last dined five years ago this week.
Whether they make it or not, Bukayo Saka certainly needs to lay claim to the Young Player of the Year title.
He’s a man who gets things moving. Take the 20-year-old out of this Arsenal team and they lose a tremendous amount of their X-Factor.
In fact, it was Saka who laid the groundwork for that victory. Watford just couldn’t get along with him.
When Martin Odegaard received the ball on the right after just five minutes, he exchanged passes with Saka, who released it in the penalty area.
None of the four Watford players in front of Odegaard could prevent the former real Madrid Star choosing its place.
action pics via Reuters)
To be fair to Watford, their equalizer was superb. A contender for Goal of the Season.
Kiko Femenia crossed from the right and Cucho Hernandez sent Ramsdale to the point with a superb overhead kick.
Despite how the two sides were placed before the game – Arsenal were sixth, Watford 19th – there was no telling at the time where things would go.
It was Saka who would roll back the proceedings in Arsenal’s favor at the half-hour mark. He caught Watford’s Tom Cleverley in possession and passed the ball to the superb Alexandre Lacazette.
The Frenchman heeled it to Saka and the Englishman whipped it home.
action pics via Reuters)
After a throw-in from Cedric shortly after the break, Ödegaard played in Lacazette and Gabriel Martinelli cracked an excellent third place after his discard.
It was a thoroughly deserved lead. Watford will go down because they just can’t smell the danger.
Arsenal was full value. So much so that Eddie Nketiah, who came on for Lacazette, just hit the post within minutes.
But then Moussa Sissoko was allowed to hit Ben White and slide the ball under Ramsdale for a 2-3 and a nervous finish. It should never have been like this. Arteta will work to streamline that.
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