Unai Emery’s Arsenal made the short journey to face Watford on Sunday afternoon in the Premier League.
The home team, coached by Quique Sanchez Flores, began the first half well. Bernd Leno had to make an excellent save to prevent Tom Cleverley’s 25 yard effort giving Watford the lead after eleven minutes. Arsenal started to look more dangerous in attack with good movement from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe in the final third. In the 21st minute, Dani Ceballos recovered possession well in midfield and linked with Sead Kolasinac, who drove forwards before finding Aubameyang in the box. The striker turned and lashed the ball into the bottom left to put Arsenal ahead. The Gunners made it two in the 32nd minute after a superb ball from Mesut Ozil put Ainsley Maitland-Niles in behind the defence on the right. The academy graduate’s cross was met by Aubameyang in the 6-yard box and he made no mistake with his finish to give Arsenal a two goal lead which they held until the end of the half.
Arsenal didn’t get off to the start they wanted to in the second half and Watford were on the front foot. Tom Cleverley pounced on a misplaced pass in defence to get a 54th minute goal for the home team. With the home crowd pushing them on, Watford were on the attack and created various opportunities. Ismaila Sarr failed to hit the target before Roberto Pereyra was brought down by David Luiz in the box. The Argentine player got up to convert the penalty in the 81st minute and make it 2-2, a score which remained unchanged until the final whistle.
Arsenal begin the Europa League group stage this Thursday with an away trip to play against last season’s semi-finalists, Frankfurt.