Having dropped points in the opening two league games, Arsenal needed a big performance away at Vicarage Road when they took on Watford on Saturday, 27 August. Arsenal got off to a flying start when Santi Cazorla scored from penalty spot to make it 1-0 for gunners. Arsenal dominated the proceedings after that and scored twice more just before the break with Sanchez and Ozil getting on the scoresheet. Watch full match highlights of the game here.
Watford 1-3 Arsenal Highlights
[ English premier League 2016-17 ]
09′ 0 – 1 Santi Cazorla scored in just 9th minute of the game via penalty spot to put Arsenal in lead at Vicarage road.
40′ 0 – 2 Alexis Sanchez doubled arsenal’s lead just before the break.
45′ 0 – 3 Mesut Oezil made it 3-0 at the stroke of halftime and pretty much ended the contest.
57′ 1 – 3 Roberto Pereyra
Match Preview: Arsenal were genuine title contenders before the season started but after dropping points in the first two games they are no longer favourite for the titles infect they will be lucky to get the coveted fourth place in the league.
Both Watford and Arsenal has made similar start with getting 1 point of the possible 6 available and both will be hoping for a win to kick start their season and it set up a classic premier league encounter this saturday afternoon.
Team News & Lineups: Wenger will have to make a decision on whether to start with Petr Cech, who is doubtful for the game and his fitness will assessed before the match. Wilshere and Rosicky are both training with the squad after overcoming their long term injuries but saturdays game comes too early for them to play any part in competitive football. Flamini and Ramsey are set to miss this weeks game which means Arsenal are likely to start with Elneny and Coquelin in central midfield roles with Ozil, Sanchez and Welbeck playing in attacking roles behind Olivier Giroud.
Watford on the other hand have some injury concerns of their own with both Sebastian Prodl and Valon Behrami rated as doubtful for the Arsenal clash. This is how I expect both teams to lineup on Saturday afternoon.
Match Predictions: Arsenal always turn things around when they have their backs to the wall but they are at their most vulnerable when coming into a game in rich form. Watford match might prove a banana skin for Arsenal but most of the players will be fresh after international break and playing at home Arsenal has too much quality in their ranks to lose this game. I am going with a 2-1 win for Arsenal.
After the break Arsenal took complete control of the game when Hector Bellerin made it 3-0 and killed the game off. It was a lucky goal to be fair as Bellerin’s shot took a massive deflection on its way past helpless Gomez while Theo Walcott scored from close range to make it 4-0 in 90th minute.
Arsenal consolidated their position in the top four with superb display of attacking football against Watford this Saturday afternoon. Gunners took early lead through Alexis Sanchez who fired home from close range to make it 1-0, Iwobi who was involved in the first goal got onto the scoresheet with a neat finish inside the box. Arsenal scored two more in second half to completed a big win. Gunners are now back in the title race and this weekend could prove crucial if Tottenham and Leicester drop points.