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- Deeney (P)71'
- MariappaAndré Carrillo63'
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Watford - Arsenal
Premier League - 14 October 2017
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Watford move to FOURTH place in the Premier League table with a terrific victory over Arsenal - their first victory at Vicarage Road this season!
Per Mertesacker's first-half goal had given Arsenal the lead, but then a controversial decision by referee Neil Swarbrick to give the hosts a penalty changed the game - Troy Deeney netted from the spot, and Tom Cleverley won the game for Marco Silva's side at the death.
- GoalTom CleverleyWatford
GOAL! Cleverley smashes home the winner for Watford!
Unbelievable scenes at Vicarage Road! Cleverley scores his first goal in Watford colours in SEVEN years, and what a time to get it.
The ball falls kindly to the former Manchester United man after an almighty scramble, and he makes no mistake as he powers home Watford's second.
FOUR minutes of injury-time will be played, plenty of time for a winning goal...
The visitors deal with the subsequent set-piece and Arsenal's frustrations continue.
But Arsenal win a corner now, and they have Mertesacker and Co. forward to contest the delivery...
Carrillo goes close for the hosts, but his effort from 25-yards is slightly too high. Watford are looking the most likely to win the game now.
- OffLaurent KoscielnyArsenal
- OnRob HoldingArsenal
Arsene Wenger was about to send Jack Wilshere on, but Koscinely appears to have picked up an injury and is forced off, replaced by Rob Holding.
Arsenal fail to clear a cross into the box and Richarlison spoons his effort over the bar. It wouldn't have counted anyway, as the referee spotted a foul.
OFF THE POST!
Oh, so close - Watford are denied their second by the woodwork! Substitute Capoue, once of Tottenham, sees his shot deflected beyond the reach of Cech, but on to the outside of the far post.
- OffRoberto PereyraWatford
- OnEtienne CapoueWatford
Watford make their third and final change of the game - Etienne Capoue taking the place of Pereyra.
Good build-up play from Arsenal as they work the ball Monreal inside the Watford box, but he takes a touch too many, allowing the hosts to clear.
Momentum is now with the home side as we enter the final 15 minutes of the game. Can Watford claim their first victory at Vicarage Road this season?
Richarlison goes close to a second as he charges into the box, but smashes his shot from the left edge of the area into the side netting.
Looking at the replay of the incident, and it is clear that Richarlison went down very easily. Arsenal have been hard done by.
- Goal by penaltyTroy DeeneyWatford
GOAL! Watford are level.
Deeney steps up... and smashes the ball beyond the reach of Cech! It is the captain's first goal in 14 league games!
PENALTY TO WATFORD!
Richarlison goes down inside the box under a challenge from Bellerin, and Neil Swarbrick immediately points to the spot!
It looked soft...
Ozil times his run perfectly to break Watford's offside trap, but he cannot find a way past Gomes who makes himself big to make the block.
Ricarlison drives to the by-line before whipping a cross into the penalty area, but he can't pick out a team mate. Watford have upped the tempo recently as they continue to search for an equaliser.
Arsenal deal comfortably with the corner, but Watford soon recover possession. The hosts are already looking more dangerous in a 4-4-2 formation.
- OffAlexandre LacazetteArsenal
- OnOlivier GiroudArsenal
Arsenal make a change just before the set-piece is taken, OIivier Giroud taking the place of Lacazette.
A long throw-in from Holebas is flicked on towards the near post, forcing Arsenal to concede a corner.
- Yellow cardChristian KabaseleWatford
The first yellow card of the evening is issued to Kabasele for a foul on Lacazette.
Watford, still insistent on zonal-marking, unconvincingly clear from the subsequent set-piece.
Ozil, with his first touch, plays a perfectly weighted pass to Iwobi who forces a good save from Gomes from a tight angle. Corner to follow...
- OffAndre GrayWatford
- OnTroy DeeneyWatford
A like-for-like change as Deeney replaces Gray, while Carrillo takes the place of Mariappa.
Watford are switching to a 4-4-2 system.
Arsenal's defence clear from the subsequent corner.
And now Watford are preparing a double change...
- OffDanny WelbeckArsenal
- OnMesut ÖzilArsenal
Welbeck is replaced by Mesut Ozil for the remaining half an hour.
Under pressure, Cech is forced to push a cross from deep out for a corner.
Meanwhile, Welbeck has pulled up with a muscle injury and will have to be replaced. It is really disappointing for the England international who just cannot catch a break.
Watford are throwing men forward in search of an equaliser, and obviously it is leaving them shorter in defence.
Arsenal come forward on the counter-attack once more, Iwobi is unmarked on the edge of the box, but again Lacazette's pass is poor and it rolls out for a goal-kick.
Arsenal break in numbers as Lacazette carries the ball forward. He has Bellerin bursting forward in space on the right, but opts to pass to Welbeck who loses possession.
Richarlison, probably Watford's most dangerous outlet, tries his luck by curling a right-footed effort from the edge of the box, but it goes just wide of the far post.
Arsenal win a corner and yet again Cleverley is left to mark Mertesacker. That is simply unforgivable, considering how easily the Arsenal defender out-jumped his counterpart earlier. This time, however, Xhaka's cross is cleared at the near post.
Arsenal successfully deal with a couple of long throw-ins at the start of the second period.
- 2nd Half
The second half begins!
- End of 1st Half
Per Mertesacker's 39th minute goal separates the sides in a desperately poor first half. Watford have yet to muster a shot on target.
Three minutes will be added on at the end of the first half.
ARSENAL GO CLOSE - TWICE!
Gomes makes a good save to deny Xhaka from the edge of the penalty area.
The move is kept alive as the visitors work the ball back into the penalty area and Bellerin sees his first-time shot drifting just wide!
And how Arsenal needed that. It is their first goal on the road this season - and from the most unlikely source!
Watford's manager will be asking why Cleverly was left with the difficult task of marking Mertesacker at a corner. It was a complete mis-match and now the hosts find themselves a goal down.
- GoalPer MertesackerArsenal
GOAL! Mertesacker gives Arsenal the lead!
On his first start in 18 months, it is the veteran who heads the Gunners in front! He out-jumps his marker Cleverly, and applies the finish.
It is Mertesacker's first goal in almost four years!
As poor as Arsenal have been, Watford haven't looked any better. I'm not sure if Andre Gray has touched the ball yet.
Iwobi's cross is too close to Gomes and the Watford goalkeeper easily collects the ball.
The camera focuses on Arsene Wenger who is visibly frustrated. His mood won't improve as Elneny passes the ball straight to the Watford goalkeeper - no idea who he was searching for there.
Holebas to the rescue for Watford as the wing-back makes a vital, last-ditch block to deny Welbeck who was cleverly teed up by Lacazette inside the box.
Neither side have mustered a shot on target just yet. As they say, things can only get better...
Welbeck is successfully challenged by Mariappa inside the penalty area and the Watford defender then proceeds to throw himself to ground, earning the hosts a free-kick.
It is all too slow and tentative from Arsenal at the moment. Definitely missing Sanchez if the first half an hour is anything to go by.
Arsenal could fail to score in their opening four away league games of a season for the first time since 1936.
Elneny isn't closed down and the Arsenal midfielder accepts the invitation to shoot from 20 yards, but the ball is always rising.
Richarlison drives at the Arsenal defence at pace, breaks into the penalty area but is well challenged by Bellerin.
End-to-end is quite an exaggeration, but the game has slightly improved in the last 10 minutes...
Better from Arsenal as Iwobi looks to play through Bellerin, whose blistering pace causes a concern for even the best defence, but Gomes is alert and quick off his line to hack the ball clear.
Watford are beginning to take control of this game, winning every second ball in midfield and using possession well.
Femenia drills a teasing cross towards Richarlison, but the ball just evades the Brazilian at the near post.
Watford are using the wide spaces well, only the final ball is missing.
Peyera does the hard bit as he expertly spins away from Mertesacker in midfield, but then gives the ball away with a really poor pass.
Sensing his team mate is in trouble, Iwobi covers over to help Bellerin deal with Holebas on the right. However, the Watford midfielder still manages to deliver his cross, but Cleverley takes it away from goal.
Doucoure holds off Bellerin easily before fizzing a cross into the Arsenal six-yard box, but it comes too quickly for Pereyra who can only glance his header well wide of goal.
Watford have failed to keep a clean sheet against Arsenal in 10 matches since a 1-0 away victory in 1988.
Lacazette drifts into a wide position, but his cross is easily dealt with by the Watford defence.
It has been an extremely quiet and uneventful quarter of an hour at Vicarage Road, with neither side creating a clear-cut opportunity.
Pereyra sends a cross from deep, but it is too long and despite Doucoure's best efforts, he is unable to keep the ball in play.
CLOSE! A dangerous cross is delivered by Bellerin from the right, but it's slightly too high for Lacazette.
Play resumes at Vicarage Road. Richarlison, as expected, is set to carry on.
He is currently getting his hand strapped, but Richarlison should be fit to continue.
Richarlison is down and needs some treatment. He seems to have hurt his wrist after falling awkwardly. This is a concern for Watford.
Manchester City, as expected, won earlier, but Liverpool and Manchester United drew, and Chelsea were defeated by Crystal Palace meaning Arsenal can make up some ground on their rivals.
Doucoure tries to thread the eye of a needle to find Richarlison, but the Arsenal defence do well to intercept the pass.
It has been a rather scrappy opening, with neither side able to keep a hold of possession comfortably.
A win for either side would take them into the top four this evening which should make for an enthralling game of football, we hope.
No Ramsey, Sanchez and Ozil is on the bench - how will Arsenal cope without some of their key men?
Neil Swarbrick gets the game underway, with Watford taking kick-off. Arsenal, playing in their blue away strip, are still searching for their first goal on their travels.
Watford may have made an impressive start to the season under new boss Marco Silva, but they have yet to taste victory on home soil, with Manchester City running out 6-0 winners last time out at Vicarage Road.
On the other hand, Arsenal, who are unbeaten in seven games in all competitions and haven't conceded since August, are still winless on the road.
The hosts make three changes from the side that drew 2-2 at West Bromwich Albion last time out with Britos, Pereyra and Gray coming in for Capoue, Carrillo and Deeney.
The Gunners are without Alexis Sanchez who is rested after his international duty involvement.
Danny Welbeck is passed fit after a groin problem, but Mesut Ozil has to settle for a place on the bench after a recent knee injury while Shkodran Mustafi misses out entirely.
Per Mertesacker makes his first Premier League start in 532 days. No pressure...
Watford: Gomes, Kabasele, Mariappa, Britos, Femenía, Doucoure, Cleverley, Holebas, Pereyra, Gray, Richarlison... Subs: Karnezis, Wague, Janmaat, Watson, Capoue, Carrillo, Deeney.
Arsenal: Cech, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal, Bellerin, Elneny, Xhaka, Kolasinac, Iwobi, Welbeck, Lacazette... Subs: Opsina, Holding, Coquelin, Wilshere, Ozil, Walcott, Giroud.
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