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Watford FC vs Arsenal FC: Result, Ratings and Quotes


Player Ratings: Watford FC vs Arsenal FC

Result

Sunday’s early Premier League kick-off saw Arsenal face a trip to Vicarage Road for a meeting with relegation-battling Watford. The Gunners were well aware a win would see them climb into the top-four and very likley stay there with a weak Manchester United facing Manchester City later in the day.

And, when all was said and done, Arsenal would come away with a 3-2 win and move into the top-four.

Watford had the ball in the back of the net after just 16 seconds vs Arsenal but it was ruled out for offside.

Arsenal would then score an early goal of their own with this one actually standing.

Martin Odegaard and Bukayo Saka would combine well down the right, with the Norwegian finishing off a well-worked move.

But Arsenal’s lead did not last long, with Cucho Hernandez scoring a stunning overhead kick after 11 minutes.

The tie then became an end-to-end affair with Arsenal the next side to find the net. Bukayo Saka was once again involved, this time linking up with Alexandre Lacazette before smashing a shot past Foster from the edge of the box.

That goal appeared to suck the life out of Watford, with Arsenal going on to score their 3rd of the day 52 minutes in. Sissoko pulled one back late on but it was too little, too late.

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Arsenal player ratings

Aaron Ramsdale (5) – Bit of a late dive for the Hernandez goal and his positioning and distribution was not the best throughout the clash. Should have done better for Watford’s second.

Cedric (5.5) – Should have been marking Hernandez tighter for his goal, sloppy in possession on occasion.

Ben White (4.5) – Like Cedric, White’s defensive awareness for the Hernandez goal was not good enough. Was then largely at fault for the Sissoko goal.

Gabriel (6.5) – A fairly solid game that saw him win a number of duels and put in some key tackles.

Kieran Tierney (6) – Far from Tierney’s best game in an Arsenal shirt with his passing particularly lackluster.

Thomas Partey (7.5) – Started a number of attacks with his impressive long-range passing and was also defensively sound. The jury remains out on Partey’s shooting.

Granit Xhaka (6) – A quiet display from Xhaka but his passing on the day was solid and helped Arsenal control the tie.

Gabriel Martinelli (7) – An uneventful first half but he then placed a lovely curling effort into the top left of Foster’s net. Taken off after 72 minutes.

Martin Odegaard (9) – Scored the opening goal of the day and was crucial in the build-up to said goal, finding Saka with a clever pass. Odegaard also found Lacazette with a lovely, dinked pass in the build-up to Arsenal’s 3rd.

Bukayo Saka (9) – Linked up well with Odegaard for the opening goal. Saka would then score Arsenal’s second of the day, winning the ball from Tom Cleverly before finding Lacazette who then laid off the Englishman for his goal.

Alexandre Lacazette (9) – Does not score too many goals but was once again instrumental to Arsenal’s attack vs Watford, pressing well and setting Saka up for Arsenal’s second and Martinelli for their 3rd with a cute lay-off. Taken off after 78 minutes.

Subs

Nicolas Pepe (4) – On for the final 20 minutes, did not do much.

Eddie Nketiah (4) – On for the final 10 minutes, nearly scored with one of his first touches but hit the post.

Rob Holding – On for injury-time to help ensure Watford did not find an equaliser, which they did not.

Watford player ratings

Ben Foster (4) – Did not do too much wrong for the opening goal, wrong-footed for the second. Considering he conceded three he did not play terribly.

Kiko Femenia (5) – Provided the assist for Hernandez’s equaliser but did little else of note.

Samir (3) – Did not make a single block, tackle or interception in the first half whilst also losing possession a few times.

Craig Cathcart (4) – A slightly better display than his centre-back partner but still not great from Cathcart.

Hassane Kamara (3.5) – Struggled to deal with Saka and Odegaard throughout the game.

Tom Cleverley (3) – Poor touch and lack of awareness near his own box led to Arsenal’s second goal.

Imran Louza (4) – Could have been tighter to Saka ahead of Arsenal’s second goal.

Moussa Sissoko (4) – Really struggled to deal with Arsenal’s fast-paced passing moves on the day.

Joao Pedro (4.5) – Did pose something of a threat down Arsenal’s right with a number of good runs but failed to make any of them count.

Emmanuel Dennis (3.5) – Scored after 16 seconds but was offside. Had a very quiet game after that, missing a big chance late on.

Cucho Hernandez (8)  – Equalised for Watford after an early setback with a sensational overhead kick and then set up Sissoko for their second. By far and away Watford’s biggest threat on Sunday.

Subs

Edo Kayembe (3) – Came on after 64 minutes and did little of note.

Samuel Kalu (N/A) – Only on the pitch for a few minutes.

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The Premier League table as it stands

# Team MP W D L F A D P
1 Manchester City 27 21 3 3 64 17 47 66
2 Liverpool FC 27 19 6 2 71 20 51 63
3 Chelsea FC 26 15 8 3 53 18 35 53
4 Manchester United 27 13 8 6 44 34 10 47
5 West Ham United 28 13 6 9 46 35 11 45
6 Arsenal FC 24 14 3 7 38 27 11 45
7 Tottenham Hotspur 25 13 3 9 35 32 3 42
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 12 4 11 24 23 1 40
9 Southampton FC 27 8 11 8 34 41 -7 35
10 Crystal Palace 28 7 12 9 39 38 1 33
11 Aston Villa 26 10 3 13 37 37 0 33
12 Leicester City 25 9 6 10 40 43 -3 33
13 Brighton & Hove Albion 27 7 12 8 26 32 -6 33
14 Newcastle United 26 6 10 10 30 46 -16 28
15 Brentford FC 28 7 6 15 30 45 -15 27
16 Leeds United 27 5 8 14 29 61 -32 23
17 Everton FC 24 6 4 14 28 41 -13 22
18 Burnley FC 26 3 12 11 22 36 -14 21
19 Watford FC 26 5 4 17 25 47 -22 19
20 Norwich City 27 4 5 18 16 58 -42 17

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14:00, Sunday 06 March 2022





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