Premier League

  • A. Sánchez 4’
  • A. Iwobi 38’
  • Bellerín 48’
  • T. Walcott 90’
2 Half Time 0
Premier League
Emirates Stadium
Attendance 59,981


    • KICK OFF
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    • 90'
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      There will be three minutes added on at the end of this match.
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      The Gunners open April with a commanding victory as they dominate from the start against the Hornets who lose a fourth straight in the league. Arsenal get goals from Sanchez, Iwobi, Bellerin and Walcott as they keep their slim title hopes alive. That's all for our live coverage from the Emirates, th
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      A convincing first half comes to a close as Arsenal enjoy a two-goal lead into the interval thanks to goals from Alexis Sanchez and Alex Iwobi. The Gunners opened the scoring inside five minutes and never looked back, dominating from start to finish as they are headed for a winning start to April.
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      Sebastian Prodl returns for the Hornets, partnering Craig Cathcart in defence at the expense of Miguel Britos, who is dropped to the bench. Quique Sanchez Flores makes two other changes following their defeat to Stoke City, with Ben Watson and Etienne Capoue replacing Jose Jurado and Valon Behrami (
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      Petr Cech was making a late push to start, as were Jack Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky who both returned to training this week, but in the end Arsene Wenger names an unchanged starting line-up from their 2-0 victory at Goodison Park. Danny Welbeck leades the line, flanked by Alex Iwobi and Alexis Sanche
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      SUBS: Britos, Jurado, Amrabat, Guedioura, Pantilimon, Berghuis, Anya.
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      WATFORD (4-4-2): Gomes; Nyom, Cathcart, Prodl, Ake; Watson, Suarez, Capoue, Abdi; Ighalo, Deeney.
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      SUBS: Gibbs, Mertesacker, Giroud, Walcott, Chambers, Campbell, Cech.
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      ARSENAL (4-2-3-1): Ospina; Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal; Elneny, Coquelin; Sanchez, Ozil, Iwobi; Welbeck.
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      Watford exceeded all expectations in the first half of the season, and as a result they shouldn’t be in any danger of being relegated – it’s a good thing for them too, because since Christmas they’ve been playing much like a bottom three side. They also have the luxury of being able to focus all the
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      Hello and welcome to live coverage from the Emirates as Arsenal hope to jump-start an improbable last-ditch run at the title when they play host to Watford. Revenge will be in the minds of the Gunners, who were bounced by the Hornets in the last-eight of the FA Cup in March. Arsene Wenger’s side hav
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      Underway at the Emirates!
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      Impressive start from the Gunners who have yet to relenquish possession. They've firmly parked themselves in the Watford half, and a terrific cross in from Sanchez nearly sets up Welbeck for a free header, but Cathcart is able to get enough on his intervention to divert it away from the striker.
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      G A. Sánchez Assist A. Sánchez
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      GUNNERS LEAD INSIDE FIVE MINUTES! It's nothing less than they deserve, either, given how they've started. Iwobi is the provider this time, sending a teasing cross in for Sanchez. The Chilean sees his header stopped by Gomes, but is able to convert on the follow-up!
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      The noise level in the Emirates is off the charts, and the Sanchez goal is following by a touching tribute for the late David Rocastle. Watford are in over their heads at the moment, looking nothing like the side that won here just a few weeks ago.
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      STAT: Arsenal have lost three competitive home games in a row. They haven’t lost four in a row on home turf since December 1959.
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      Watford seem to have weathered the early Arsenal storm, though they've already dug themselves a hole. They enjoy their first real spell in possession in the attacking half, with Watson keen to get on the ball as much as possible, but a fine tackle from Bellerin sends the ball behind off Ake for a go
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      Close to a second! Coquelin sprays a great ball forward for Sanchez, who skips into the final third before picking out Welbeck inside the area. The striker has a clean sight at goal, but Cathcart is just able to recover and do enough to take the sting out of the shot!
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      OUTSTANDING SAVE! Gomes does so well to react to get a hand to Iwobi's impressive effort and knock it over the bar. Arsenal's approach play has been excellent thus far and Watford have been unable to slow them down.
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      INCHES WIDE! Another exceptional move down the right, with Sanchez heavily involved yet again, sees Welbeck's run picked out at the near post, but his first-time effort deflect just beyond the woodwork and into the side-netting!
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      STAT: Watford scored with their only two shots on target in that 2-1 victory at the Emirates Stadium.
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      Watford manage their first attempt on target, with Watson getting down the right and whipping an inviting delivery into the box. It's a real tough task for Deeney to generate any power behind it, however, as Koscielny applies enough pressure, about 15 yards from goal.
    • 21'
      Arsenal are relentless in their approach! They are often criticised for their inconsistencies under Wenger of late, but the good Gunners side seems to have shown up today. They're a joy to watch as they move the ball fluidly through the midfield. Ozil acts as provider on the latest foray, setting up
    • 23'
      Smart save! The Guners win a free-kick from 25 yards out, which Sanchez is keen to take. The Chilean lines up a strike and tries to pick out the bottom corner at the near post, getting over the wall and down effectively, but Gomes reads it well in getting across to knock it behind.
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      The reason Arsenal are looking so dangerous on the front foot is that everyone is pulling their weight. Each member of the front four has been contributing, leaving Watford to guess which route the Gunners will take with each attack. A second goal may be enough to put this game to bed before half-ti
    • 27'
      STAT: Watford have recovered just two points from losing positions in the Premier League this season, the fewest in the division.
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      TERRIFIC GOALKEEPING! Ospina comes flying off his line as a ball over the top sends Ighalo through into the area, and the keeper arrives just ahead of the striker to knock it out of harm's way. The flag goes up late anyhow to indicate an offside call, but the replay shows that was the incorrect deci
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      CATHCART TO THE RESCUE AGAIN! The centre-half has been outstanding in the first half-hour, and there's no telling what the scoreline could be had it not been for his contributions. He's reading play brilliantly and taking up some excellent positions. His latest intervention denies Sanchez a simple t
    • 33'
      Play comes to a halt as Gabriel goes down in need of attendance, after taking the brunt of an inadvertent kick from Abdi. Play continued momentarily, and Deeney nearly slid Ighalo through into the area, but Bellerin was able to stretch his leg out and get just enough to knock it away.
    • 35'
      Watford have to do a better job of making their limited time in possession count. Arsenal are going to enjoy the bulk of it throughout the match, as they did in their FA Cup defeat, but what the Hornets did so well on that day was make the most of their chances.
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      G A. Iwobi Assist A. Sánchez
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      It's a lovely pick out from Sanchez, who grabs an assist to go with his goal.
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      ARSENAL DOUBLE THEIR LEAD! It's another wonderfully worked goal, but it's almost too easy for them in the end as a result of Watford's negligent defending. Coquelin rolls Sanchez through on the right, and the Chilean picks out Iwobi who sends a first-time effort crashing into the back of the net.
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      STAT: Arsenal has led at half-time in none of its last 10 matches in all competitions at the Emirates Stadium.
    • 41'
      SI I. Anya SO A. Sánchez
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      Capoue has been playing down the left largely in this first half and has been in over his head. He's replaced by Ikechi Anya.
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      This hasn't gone at all according to script for Watford in this first half, but Arsenal have put in an absolutely flawless performance. There's no fault to be found from this first-half showing, as it has been the ideal way for them to kick-off their final push.
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      There will be two minutes added on at the end of this first half.
    • 46'
      SI N. Amrabat SO A. Sánchez
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      Ighalo has had a difficult task up top, and he's grown frustrated after 45 minutes. Sensing this, Quique Sanchez Flores has opted to bring on Nordin Amrabat in his place for the second half.
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      Back underway in London!
    • 48'
      G Bellerín Assist A. Sánchez
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      GAME OVER AT THE EMIRATES! Arsenal extend their lead to three! Sanchez heavily involved in the build-up again, as his cross is cleared only partially by Nyom, who sends it straight to Bellerin. The right-back sends a first-time effort at goal which deflects beyond a helpless Gomes.
    • 50'
      SHOULD BE FOUR! This is incredible from the Gunners! Another outstanding attack sees Sanchez pick out Iwobi inside the area. The forward uses the run of the Chilean to open up space for a shot, which he rattles off the underside of the bar, before Monreal knocks the rebound onto the roof of the net!
    • 52'
      STAT: Arsenal had scored just six goals in their last eight home games (all comps), averaging 25 shots for each goal scored. The Gunners have averaged nine shots faced for each goal conceded.
    • 54'
      TWO MORE FOR GOMES! The keeper is having such a busy afternoon! He's thrust into action to deny Ozil a strike from just outside the area, and Arsenal get right back at it following the save, with Sanchez's strike denied by the sprawling Hornets keeper!
    • 56'
      Arsenal show their first signs of complacency as Watson's free-kick isn't defended soundly by the Gunners. Deeney meet it with a header at the far post, sending it back in for Prodl, but his header is cleared off the line by Monreal!
    • 58'
      Watford are essentially chasing shadows in midfield. This is an afternoon for them to forget, coming up against an angry and determined Arsenal side. The Gunners continue to dominate possession and are showing no signs of slowing.
    • 60'
      Frustration is starting to set in for Watford. They're having no success whatsoever trying to win the ball back and are struggling to keep the Gunners to the periphery. Nyom essentially kicks out at Ozil in real cynical fashion and he will have to ref to answer to for this one...
    • 61'
      Nyom is subsequently booked for his foul on Ozil.
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      STAT: Watford have suffered three straight league defeats. They have won just two of their last 13 matches in the division, keeping two clean sheets in that period (W2, D3, L8).
    • 65'
      The Gunners are shutting up shop. It looks like they're going to try and keep the ball in midfield and play keep-away for the last 25 minutes, with Watford showing little resistance of their own.
    • 67'
      It has been much of the same for the last couple of minutes. Arsenal have set themselves up so well in the Watford end, it's almost as if they're playing with an extra body. Meanwhile, Wenger is preparing a substitution.
    • 69'
      SI O. Giroud SO A. Sánchez
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      SI A. Guédioura SO A. Sánchez
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      The Hornets make their final change as Adlene Guedioura comes on for Abdi.
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      Olivier Giroud comes off the bench for Arsenal in place of Danny Welbeck.
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      EXCELLENT SAVE! Deeney takes a pass in the area, using his big frame to turn past Gabriel and curl a shot towards the far post. It's well-struck by the forward, but Ospina is equal to the task, flying through the air to knock it behind!
    • 73'
      STAT: The Gunners have never lost twice at home to Watford in the same season. It is 28 years since they were beaten home and away by the Hornets across all competitions in a single campaign.
    • 74'
      SI T. Walcott SO A. Sánchez
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      The Gunners make their second change as Theo Walcott comes on for Iwobi, who walks off to a standing ovation.
    • 76'
      The tempo has fizzled out drastically. Arsenal are hardly as keen on trying to add to their lead, while Watford are content on running the remaining time off the clock and getting on the next flight back home.
    • 79'
      SI J. Campbell SO A. Sánchez
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      The final change for the Gunners sees Alexis Sanchez, the scorer of their opening goal, give way. He is replaced by Joel Campbell for the remainder of the match.
    • 81'
      With the result settled, Watford are enjoying more time on the ball than they have for the majority of the match. Still, they aren't nearly inquisitive enough in possession, with the Arsenal back-line remaining focused and organised as they try and hold on to the clean sheet.
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      STAT: Arsenal had won the previous six meetings with Watford before a 1-2 defeat last month in the FA Cup quarter final.
    • 84'
      Elneny picks up the first yellow card of the afternoon by a Gunners player as he drags down Deeney in midfield. The Hornets are showing a bit of life, but it's far too late for that now.
    • 86'
      GOOD EFFORT! Guediora, who forced Ospina into a save from a free-kick just a minute ago, tries his luck again from distance and makes terrific contact with his effort, but it drifts just beyond the near post!
    • 88'
      HE HAS TO GO FOR GOAL! Amrabat does so well to float a delivery in towards the far post for Anya, who inexplicably opts to head it back into the centre for Deeney instead of trying to go for goal himself! Arsenal have it covered, and Gabriel prevents it from reaching the striker.
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      G T. Walcott Assist A. Sánchez
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      Campbell picks up the assist, serving the ball up on a platter for his fellow substitute.
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      WALCOTT MAKES IT FOUR! The pace of Campbell down the flank allows him to get beyond Nyom and pull it back into the centre for Walcott who taps it home. It was a lovely run to the near post from Walcott, and an exceptional early ball from Ozil to pick out Campbell.

    Line Up




    Mikel Arteta
    Vladimir Ivic



    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 7 11
    Yellow Cards 1 1
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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