Premier League

  • 62’ A. Sánchez
  • 68’ O. Giroud
  • 74’ A. Ramsey
Premier League
Vicarage Road Stadium
Attendance 20,721


    • KICK OFF
    • 0'
      Full time at Vicarage Road. Arsenal manage to maintain pace at the top of the table and keep up their good run of form in the league with a comprehensive 3-0 win over newly promoted Watford. The first half was an even affair with both sides staking a claim for the opening goal, but it was the Gunner
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      Half time at Vicarage Road. It has been a highly entertaining clash between Watford and Arsenal so far but at the moment the defences are on top, with the attackers not being awarded much space in the final third. Ighalo has looked bright for the Hornets, while Ramsey has missed a sitter for Wenger'
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      The players have took to the field and we are almost ready for kick-off!
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      All the stats are pointing to an Arsenal victory tonight, particularly concering Watford's profligacy in front of goal. Quique Sanchez Flores' men have the lowest shot conversion rate (8.6%) and shooting accuracy (34.3%) figures in the Premier League this season, while Petr Cech has the best save pe
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      The last clash between Watford and Arsenal came at Vicarage road back in 2006 in the Premier League, with the Gunners coming out 2-1 winners thanks to goals from Gilberto Silva and Robin van Persie. Wenger's outfit boast a strong record against the Hornets, having won the last four meetings in the l
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      Both sides came out with good results in their last Barclays Premier League fixtures, so no surprises that there is very little line-up changes from those games, even with the international break having come and gone. The solitary change comes from Arsenal, who bring in Laurent Koscielny in place of
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      Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Cech; Bellerin, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal; Coquelin, Cazorla; Ramsey, Ozil, Sanchez; Walcott.
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      Watford (4-2-3-1): Gomes; Nyom, Prodl, Cathcart, Ake; Capoue, Watson; Abdi, Deeney, Anya; Ighalo.
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      TEAM NEWS...
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      Newly promoted Watford have made a promising start to the campaign since coming up from the Championship, and are relatively comfortably placed mid-table with 10 points taken from their opening eight matches. The basis for the Hornets' success so far has been their defence, as they have the joint be
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      After consecutive Champions League defeats against Olympiakos and Dinamo Zagreb, there was certainly a dark cloud hanging over the Emirates Stadium. However, Arsene Wenger has managed to claw back some amount of goodwill after blowing away rivals, Manchester United, a couple of weeks ago in a very i
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      With the international break now over, we return to domestic action tonight as the Gunners attempt to keep up their good run of form and maintain pace at the top of the division with Manchester United and Manchester City, who defeated Bournemouth and Everton respectively this afternoon.
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      Good evening football fans! Welcome to LIVE coverage of the Barclays Premier League clash between Watford and Arsenal from Vicarage Road!
    • 1'
      We are under way at Vicarage Road!
    • 3'
      After an international break, it is always interesting to see which players are still shaking off a little bit of jet lag. We may indeed see a fairly low tempo opening to the match as both sides look to find their feet in an attacking sense.
    • 5'
      Cazorla collects possession down the left touchline and then cuts back inside on his right foot before dinking a teasing pass down the centre of the pitch for Walcott, who attempts to latch on to it using his electric pace. Gomes comes out to claim but the linesman flags for offside anyway.
    • 7'
      Bellerin, who is actually quite high in the charts for creating the most chances in the league, is involved in the action positively in the early stages here. A couple of darted runs down the right wing have resulted in dangerous crosses into the box, so Ake at left-back for Watford may be in for a
    • 9'
      A real issue for Watford this season has been their inability to spread the goalscoring duties throughout the team, as Ighalo has been responsible for five of their six goals so far in the league. Troy Deeney, who was the top goalscorer in the Championship last year, is yet to find the net in the to
    • 11'
      SAVE FROM GOMES! Alexis Sanchez typically pops up down the left channel and then quickly cuts inside before firing a wicked strike aimed at the top corner, only to be denied by the former Tottenham goalkeeper, who makes the excellent stop.
    • 12'
      First save of the match from Cech! Deeney out-muscles Coquelin on the edge of the box before turning sharply and hitting a dipping strike towards the left corner. It is an awkward one for the Arsenal stopper, but he keeps his eye on the path of the ball to make the block! Both goalkeepers called int
    • 14'
      It has been an entertaining first portion of the match here at Vicarage Road and we are being treated to two tactical plans which are very much at the opposite ends of the spectrum. Arsenal are characteristically playing short, stabbed passes in the central areas, while Watford are continually looki
    • 16'
      Anya squeezes his way into the penalty area and collects the ball with his back to goal before teeing up Deeney, who just can't manage to get possession out of his feet quick enough to get the shot away, which allows Mertesacker to step in and clear. Watford getting some joy at the moment!
    • 18'
      Watford almost break through! Mertesacker is caught in the middle of the field and the home side burst ahead on the counterattack through Deeney down the left wing! The Hornets' captain then unselfishly looks for Ighalo inside the box, but Koscielny manages to get back to make the vital interception
    • 20'
      Bellerin's cleared header only goes as far as Deeney 25 yards out, who passes into the feet of Ighalo whilst going ahead looking for the one-two. Unfortunately for the home side, the Nigerian decides to go it alone and subsequently screws a poor attempt wide. Already signs that those two are continu
    • 22'
      Ramsey, who has been fairly quiet so far, moves away from his position down the right wing to a more central area outside the box. He gets a left-footed strike away from around a yard or so from the edge of the area, but it takes a deflection on the route to goal which makes it easy for Gomes to sav
    • 24'
      There is a small melee in the middle of the pitch as Koscielny goes down clutching his face after a small altercation with Ighalo, who just stretched his arm out a little to shield the ball away from the Frenchman. There was indeed contact, but there wasn't much in it and it is quickly resolved with
    • 26'
      Cazorla swings a left-footed corner kick deep to the back post and Watford struggle to clear with two failed attempt to get the ball up the park. Another cross comes in again from Arsenal and Koscielny recycles the threat to the opposition post, but Prodl heads away before Nyom manages to clear into
    • 28'
      What a miss from Ramsey as it would have been easier to score! Alexis Sanchez is involved in the action positively again as he drifts into a central area to pick out a brilliant curled pass to the back post for the Welshman, who meets it a yard out, only to somehow send his attempt over!
    • 30'
      The Vicarage Road faithful stand up in expectancy as Ighalo dashes in behind the Arsenal defence to charge forward towards goal! He is usually quite reliable in these situations but ends up slashing a poor strike well wide of the mark! Mertesacker did well to get back and make it hard for him, thoug
    • 32'
      We have just entered the last third of the first half now and we aren't really any closer to finding out who is the most likely side to take the lead, as both teams have been quite positive in the final third. Ighalo for Watford and Alexis Sanchez for Arsenal look to be the biggest threats at the mo
    • 34'
      There's a little tiff developing between Alexis Sanchez and Capoue currently, with the Watford man accused of perhaps being a little too overzealous with his challenges on the Chilean. Like the previous encounter between Koscielny and Ighalo, it is all sorted rather quickly, but watch this space.
    • 36'
      Superb clearance by Nyom! Bellerin goes on a marauding run down the right wing and hits the byline before teasing a great pass along the six-yard box, but there are no takers for Arsenal! The Watford right-back is positioned well to make the clearance with the possibility of an own-goal definitely o
    • 38'
      Wenger is not happy on the touchline as Watford continue to press forward even though Ramsery goes down injured clutching his head. The Welshman eventually gets up and back into position but the hosts failed to take advantage of his absence anyway as Deeney's strike deflected into the arms of Cech.
    • 40'
      Five minutes remaining in the first half now and it is a more equal clash than many people perhaps would have been expecting. Watford do indeed have one of the best defensive records in the league, though, and you can see why as the Gunners are having trouble breaching the backline of the hosts.
    • 42'
      There is a fairly dodgy moment at the back from Arsenal as Deeney heaps pressure on Mertesacker which prompts Cech to dash out from goal. The former Chelsea goalkeeper sees the ball pop up and touch him on the shoulder which catalyses from shouts from the home crowd looking for a handball, but the r
    • 44'
      Just one minute of added time has been signaled by the referee which is probably correct as we have had a pretty free-flowing game up until now. Neither side will be wanting to concede at this point, so we are looking at a stalemate at the break!
    • 46'
      We are back under way in this Barclays Premier League clash!
    • 47'
      A. Nyom receives a yellow card.
    • 48'
      This is one of the better games you will see this season in which nobody has managed to find the net so far. It really has been end-to-send stuff at times with both sides posing different kinds of threats in the final third, and you get the feeling that one goal could see a flurry of more thereafter
    • 50'
      Arsenal just manage to clear a free kick to the back post from Watford and Alexis collects before playing the ball to the feet of Ramsey. The Welshman cuts back inside and languishes in possession a little too long, but is let off the hook as the referee penalises Deeney for a soft foul.
    • 52'
      Alexis receives the ball to feet from Ozil and quickly turns before slamming a strike at goal, only to see his attempt blocked with authority by Prodl, who has been a rock at the back up until this point.
    • 54'
      Fifty-odd minutes into the match and the previous entry was the first time Ozil's name has been mentioned, which pretty much highlights the German's contribution to the match so far. The former Real Madrid man was unplayable against Manchester United in the last Arsenal league game, but he hasn't ma
    • 56'
      Whenever Arsenal have possession, Watford are sitting very deep in their defensive positions which is making it extremely difficult for the Gunners to penetrate into the area, subsequently negating the sprinting talents of Walcott. This could indeed be a game for Giroud to come on and make an impact
    • 58'
      P. Mertesacker gets yellow.
    • 58'
      First booking of the match for Arsenal now and it is a deserved one for Mertesacker as he comes through the back of Ighalo down the left wing whilst trying to claw the ball away. The German's lack of pace was evident there and he had to commit the foul as a result.
    • 60'
      Just under 30 minutes to go now and the longer the match goes on the more confident Watford are going to get in their pursuit of a victory. The Vicarage Road faithful are certainly finding their voice a bit more confidently now!
    • 61'
      Penalty shout for Watford! Capoue goes on a strong run through the middle ad makes his way into the area before going down under the challenge of Coquelin! The referee waves play on and it looked like the correct decision!
    • 62'
      G A. Sánchez Assist M. Özil
    • 62'
      Assist by M. Özil.
    • 62'
      GOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL FOR ARSENAL! THE GUNNERS BREAK THE DEADLOCK! Ozil exchanges a quite beautiful one-two with Cazorla on the edge of the box before going inside and being hacked down by Ake! The referee nearly points to the spot but plays the advantage as Alexis collects the loose ball to lash home i
    • 63'
      Gomes receives a yellow card.
    • 64'
      SI O. Giroud SO M. Özil
    • 64'
      O. Giroud enters play, replacing T. Walcott.
    • 64'
      That was the opposite of the commentator's curse there as I previously mentioned how badly Ozil was playing, but the German's contribution to that opening goal was outstanding! Sorry, Mesut!
    • 65'
      It looks like this change was already decided on even before Arsenal took the lead and it sees Walcott make way for Giroud, which is the substitution that was hypothesised about a few minutes ago. The Frenchman will be eager to seize his chance and put himself in contention for a starting place agai
    • 68'
      G O. Giroud Assist M. Özil
    • 68'
      The assist came from M. Özil.
    • 68'
      GOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL FOR ARSENAL! WENGER'S MEN DOUBLE THEIR LEAD! Ozil is involved in the action positively again as he breaks away to the byline down the right channel to reverse a perfect pass into the feet of Giroud, who hits a predatory finish into the roof of the net! Two-nil!
    • 69'
      SI S. Berghuis SO M. Özil
    • 69'
      S. Berghuis enters the game and replaces A. Nyom.
    • 70'
      Watford find themselves at a bit of a quandary now as they need to press ahead and look for a goal back and potentially an equaliser, but Arsenal will surely take advantage of any newly found available space in the final third that presents itself. Gunners oozing confidence at the moment.
    • 72'
      Even though Watford may be exposed if they press ahead looking for a goal, Arsenal have proved themselves to be nervous at times if the opposition can manage to find the net right about now. The Hornets can certainly take heart that the game isn't over even if they are 2-0 down.
    • 74'
      G A. Ramsey Assist M. Özil
    • 74'
      The assist came from Bellerín.
    • 74'
      A. Ramsey has scored a goal for Arsenal!
    • 74'
      GOOOOOAAAALLLLLL FOR ARSENAL! WELL THE GAME IS OVER NOW! Bellerin goes on yet another dangerous run down the right touchline and this time cleverly cuts inside before teeing up Ramsey, who takes an assured touch before squeezing a strike under the oncoming Gomes! Three-nil!
    • 75'
      SI V. Ibarbo SO M. Özil
    • 75'
      A. Abdi is done for the day. V. Ibarbo is his replacement.
    • 76'
      Positive change from Quique Sanchez Flores now and it sees midfielder, Abdi, be withdrawn for the more attack-minded Victor Ibardo, who definitely can cause some problems in the final third with his pace. It looks like too little too late for Watford now, though.
    • 78'
      Arsenal are enjoying themselves out there at the moment and they look like they fancy scoring another goal or two, which would probably be a little harsh on Watford. The Hornets have lost the game, but they need to make sure they aren't embarrassed at home, as it won't do much for their confidence g
    • 80'
      SI A. Oxlade-Chamberlain SO M. Özil
    • 80'
      A. Oxlade-Chamberlain enters the game and replaces A. Sánchez.
    • 80'
      Arsenal make a double substitution with 10 minutes to go as Wenger is probably looking ahead to that must-win match against Bayern Munich coming up this week. Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are given a rest for the remainder of the game and their replacements are Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mikel Art
    • 81'
      SI Arteta SO M. Özil
    • 81'
      SI J. Paredes SO M. Özil
    • 81'
      J. Paredes enters play, replacing I. Anya.
    • 81'
      Arteta comes on for M. Özil.
    • 82'
      What a save from Gomes! Cazorla swings a lovely corner to the front post and Giroud gets ahead of his marker to bullet a header at the top corner, but the Watford keeper keeps the scoreline respectable with a superb stop to turn the attempt away!
    • 84'
      Considering Manchester United and Manchester City managed to win in their respective games this afternoon, it was very important that Arsenal followed suit and claimed three points of their own, with their electric second half performance worthy of the win.
    • 86'
      Cazorla stands over yet another corner kick down the right wing and this time Arsenal decide not to commit Koscielny and Mertesacker up for the set-piece, but rather to stay back and be wary of the counter. Watford are looking knackered out there now.
    • 88'
      Deeney flashes a pass into the feet of Ighalo and the Nigerian returns the favour by teeing up his partner around 25 yards out. The Watford captain doesn't catch the strike on goal particularly well though and he bouncing attempt goes straight into the arms of Cech.
    • 90'
      Three minutes of added time signaled by the ref and Watford are struggling to even put in a claim for a consolation here. They battled exceptionally well in the first half, but after the break the world class players of the Gunners have shone through.

    Line Up




    Nigel Pearson
    Mikel Arteta



    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0


    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%


    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%


    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0


    Fouls Conceded 9 14
    Yellow Cards 2 1
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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