The dust has settled on Monday Night Football, in a game that saw Arsenal walk away with a nice 1-0 win over Watford. It was a hard fought encounter to say the least with both teams giving it their all, but in the end, it was the Gunners who came away with the three points. It was an important three points, too, as it ensured that Unai Emery’s men were able to bounce straight back up into the top four – which is where they’ll hope to stay with just a handful of games remaining in the Premier League season.
On Monday night, Arsenal overcame ten-man Watford 1-0 at Vicarage Road courtesy of a goal from star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Gunners cause was helped by the fact that Hornets captain Troy Deeney received a red card early on.
The victory saw Unai Emery’s team moved back up to fourth spot, in what is fast becoming an extremely tight race for the lucrative Champions League places. There are now just three points between third place Tottenham and Manchester United in sixth. There is little to choose between Spurs, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United in the top four race.
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
Arsenal were able to take all three points from their clash with Burnley on Sunday as their Premier League encounter ended in a 1-0 win. Following the tough match, Hector Bellerin took a swipe at Watford’s Troy Deeney.
It was not the prettiest of wins, but it was a win nonetheless, as Arsenal found a way past their stubborn hosts. It took them a long time to find the back of the net though, with Alexis Sanchez converting a last-gasp penalty to give the Gunners all three points.
Arsenal suffered a surprise 2-1 home defeat against Watford on Tuesday night, as the Gunners slipped up on home soil in the Premier League.
The Gunners had the first shot on goal on seven minutes, as Aaron Ramsey sliced an effort over the bar from the edge of the Watford penalty area.
The visitors took the lead on ten minutes. Former Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul hit a long-range effort that hit Ramsey and deflected past Petr Cech in the Arsenal goal. Three minutes later the Hornets doubled their lead.
Watford caused an FA Cup shock by recording a 2-1 victory at FA Cup holders Arsenal in the quarter-final stage of the competition.
The Gunners believed they had taken the lead on nine minutes, as Alexis Sanchez put Olivier Giroud through on goal and the Frenchman fired past Costel Pantilimon, only for the flag to be raised for offside.
Arsenal continued to dominate possession, without creating much for the next 20 minutes. On 31 minutes Arsenal defender Gabriel looked to have gone in on Troy Deeney with a two-footed tackle, but referee Andre Marriner indicated that the Brazilian got the ball.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger dismissed suggestions that his side will have it easy against Watford on Sunday. Having beaten their opponents earlier in the season, coupled with the gulf in class between the two squads, Arsenal have pressure to deliver. The Gunners are big favourites to book their place in the semi-finals at Wembley with home advantage, but Watford certainly have an attacking threat from a potent striking duo worth paying attention to.
Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy is being linked with a move to the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United by Sky Sports. However, the Gunners have been linked with moves for a number of strikers in January, including Troy Deeney and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
However, surely if the Gunners are interested in Deeney, then a move for Vardy cannot be ruled out. The England international has enjoyed a meteoric rise this season, scoring 15 Premier League goals. He is now joint-top Premier League goal scorer alongside Everton’s Romelu Lukaku.
According to reports from Talksport, Arsenal has opened talks with Watford over the transfer of captain and striker Troy Deeney. When I reported that there was speculation that the Gunners were interested in signing the prolific striker I thought it was just a quiet news day.
However, now it seems there might actually be something in the rumour that the Gunners are interested in signing Deeney. Talksport claim that the Gunners have asked about the striker’s availability and possible price tag.
The Daily Star are linking Premier League leaders Arsenal with a shock swoop for Watford captain Troy Deeney. The Hornets look unlikely to sell their captain, especially with the club just three points off a top-six position.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is reportedly a big fan of the hard working Deeney and is looking to strength his forward line in January after seemingly wrapping up a deal for Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Elneny.
Deeney was prolific in the Championship and his goals and strike-partnership with Nigerian international Odion Ighalo helped the club to promotion to the top-flight last season.