As Arsenal prepare for a key Premier League clash against Watford this weekend, we thought it’d be interesting to take a trip down memory lane in order to see how the last five games between these two sides have gone over the years.
While the stature of Arsenal Football Club alone would lead you to believe they’ve been dominant, they’ve actually lost three of their last five meetings against the Hornets – which is a record Arsene Wenger will be aiming to rectify on Sunday.
Arsenal 1-2 Watford – FA Cup
Over the course of the last few years Arsenal have been the kings of the FA Cup, and when Watford came to town back in 2016, they were defending their crown as back-to-back champions. Unfortunately, goals from Ighalo and Guedioura spoiled the party, with Danny Welbeck’s late effort not being enough to prevent the Gunners from crashing out at the quarter-final stage.
Arsenal 4-0 Watford – Premier League
A little over three weeks after their embarrassment at the hands of Watford, Arsene Wenger’s men gained a measure of revenge as they ran out 4-0 winners to ensure they were still in that year’s title hunt. Goals from Sanchez, Iwobi, Bellerin and Walcott got the job done, although they couldn’t go on to mount a serious challenge against the surprising champions Leicester City.
Watford 1-3 Arsenal – Premier League
Following a poor start to the 2016/17 season Arsenal travelled to Vicarage Road in desperate search of a win, and they succeeded despite a determined second-half fightback from Walter Mazzarri’s men. Cazorla, Sanchez and Ozil all found the back of the net in the first 45 minutes, with Pereyra’s effort proving to be nothing more than a consolation goal.
Arsenal 1-2 Watford – Premier League
Watford seem to be making a habit of being involved in important games against the Gunners in recent years, with their 2-1 victory over them in January 2017 all but signalling the end of their championship ambitions. Kaboul and Deeney got them off to a flying start within the first 15 minutes of the game, and the home side weren’t able to follow up on Iwobi’s goal with an equaliser.
Watford 2-1 Arsenal – Premier League
It was a Premier League clash which had penalty drama, managerial bemusement and a dramatic comeback – with Arsenal being on the wrong end of it. After Per Mertesacker gave the visitors the lead towards the end of the first half Watford began to push Arsenal back, with Troy Deeney’s penalty and Tom Cleverley’s injury-time strike helping to lift them into the top four.
If you’re in search of betting odds for tomorrow’s match, Bet365 have Arsenal as 9/20 favourites to pick up all three points at the Emirates.