A goalkeeping error from Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster landed Arsenal their second away win of the season since November 2018. Apart from Foster’s bizarre error, striker Troy Deeney saw red early on in the match was which gave the Gunners an advantage.
In the 10th minute, Foster tried to clear the ball from the goalpost but the ball hit Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s left foot, which ball rebounded in the back of the net to give Arsenal an early lead. In the very next minute, Watford were left with 10 men on the field with Denney receiving the red card for a rash challenge.
With the star power Arsenal posses, the win was not so convincing for Unai Emery’s men but the Gunners managed to jump onto the fourth spot in the points table by displacing their London rivals, Chelsea.
After the match, Emery analyzed where the Gunners lacked in the game despite the 1-0 win.
“We were competitive, but in the circumstances, we can control the match better,” Arsenal manager Unai Emery said. “We didn’t make it easy to score the second goal. We did not control the ball in the attacking third.”
With a lucky goal in the match, Aubameyang now moved to the second position in the list of Premier League golden shoe race. At the moment, Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah are on the top with 19 goals each. While Aubameyang and Salah’s teammate Sadio Mane are just one goal behind them with 18 goals.
After the match, Watford Manager Javi Garcia showed his displeasure over Deeney’s red card.
“I respect the referee’s decision, but I don’t agree,” Watford manager Javi Gracia said. “In my opinion, it is a yellow card but never a red.”
Watford goalkeeper Foster also accepted his mistake after the match and said, “”I’ve said sorry to the lads.”
“I have tried to drag it on to my left foot and pass it out but before I knew it he was on me. He is too quick. In hindsight, you have to get rid of the ball as quick as you can, even if it goes into row Z,” Foster said.
With the top four race tight, Arsenal aim to qualify to the Champions League, if not through the table, the only option is the Europa League, where they currently face Napoli. The Gunners are 2-0 up in the first leg against Carlo Ancelotti’s Naples and with the advantage, Emery’s Arsenal will hope to secure a semis spot.