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Arsenal 2 – 0 Watford | Premier League 2018/19

Arsenal bag their fifth straight Premier League win after a hard-fought 2 – 0 victory over Watford. 

Watford‘s confidence that had not been shaken since their perfect start to the season was ended by a draw and a defeat from their last two games, and they tried to press Arsenal hard from the start at the Emirates but eventually failed.

Will Hughes failed to take advantage of the let-off when he planted a volley wide from the edge of the box early in the match when he should have found the net provided the time he had to shoot.

A tough competition followed for both the teams. Arsenal spent much of the game lacking creativity, and their best chance of the first half came from a Watford mistake when Alexandre Lacazette caught Cathcart in possession, before rushing through and missing the far corner.

Petr Cech was forced off with a hamstring injury just before half-time and his replacement Bernd Leno needed to be in good form to keep up with his predecessor’s performance.

Andre Gray had a one on one saved by Leno and an Isaac Success effort glanced the post with the scores goalless. It was Leno’s decisiveness rather than his reflexes which denied Gray when he raced off his line to narrow the angle when the striker played through one-on-one and shot straight at him. But he was nowhere near keeping out Success’ effort when the Gunners‘ defence again proved to be shaky and allowed him to find space in behind, and was relieved to see the forward’s effort brush the far post before going out.

Arsenal’s sighs of relief soon turned to cry of joy when Iwobi’s cross to Lacazette struck Craig Cathcart’s leg and bounced into his own goal at the 81st minute. Two minutes later, Arsenal quickly added another, Lacazette transforming into a provider and Mesut Ozil firing home a goal to give Arsenal a seventh consecutive win in total, and the fifth in the Premier League.

Those two goals extend the Gunners‘ winning run to 5 under Unai Emery to make it their longest run of Premier League victories since August 2017. 

Arsenal faces Qarabang FK for Europa League match on Thursday, 4th October. 

Also read: Premier League Team Of The Week | Gameweek 6

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