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Premier League: Arsenal Beat Watford 3-2 In A Thriller

by Soumadeep Bagchi

Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal turned on the style as they beat Watford 3-2 at Vicarage Road to climb up to fourth in the Premier League table.

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Watford’s Emmanuel Dennis had a goal ruled out for offside after only 16 seconds before the Gunners took a fifth-minute lead through Martin Odegaard, who rolled a Bukayo Saka cutback into the bottom-left corner.

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The home side responded quickly as Cucho Hernandez met a Kiko Femenia cross with a fine overhead kick in the 11th minute.

Saka then got on the scoresheet on the half-hour, firing into the roof of the net after a one-two with Alexandre Lacazette.

Lacazette was again involved as Gabriel Martinelli made the score 3-1, setting up the Brazilian to finish from the edge of the penalty area in the 52nd minute.

Moussa Sissoko’s control and finish three minutes from time set up a nervy finish but Arsenal were able to see out a fourth straight victory.

That takes their points tally to 48, one more than fifth-placed Manchester United, who play Manchester City later on Sunday afternoon. Watford remain 19th, three points from safety.

Watford coach Roy Hodgson said , “We paid a pretty high price for a couple of mistakes we made.”

After the match Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta said ,”I saw that in the first minute of the game – we could have been 1-0 down. We were really good going forward and we had all the right intention and the energy to do it. We scored three magnificent goals but we didn’t have the same energy and commitment defensively. When that happens, to win a game from home, you’re going to suffer. That’s why we suffered today – because defensively we didn’t have the right structure. We didn’t detect with enough urgency the moments where they could activate certain spaces that we knew. That’s why we suffered. We conceded two and we could have conceded another one or two.”


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