Unai Emery has named the Arsenal starting XI that he thinks will best serve us defending our 2-0 lead, and you have the be happy to see a return to our favoured 3-4-2-1 system, and Xhaka and Torreira was a must.
Poor performance, but great 3 points. by Konstantin Mitov
Hello good Arsenal people from over the globe! Feeling any more homesick on the road? That’s what Arsenal feels like every time we travel. It’s a lovely Monday evening, just finished watching the new Game of Thrones episode, before I switch to the Arsenal game at Watford and it’s the perfect start!
Here is Alfie’s review and player ratings for yesterday’s game…
FT: WATFORD 0-1 ARSENAL
I know we all expected to have yet another difficult away game at Watford last night, and they certainly tried to rough the Arsenal players up and try to put us off our stride. You could say we got lucky when Ben Foster dithered in his own penalty area after a back pass but you have to agree that Aubameyang did extremely well to make up the ground and get his foot in the way at just the right time for it to rebound into the net. We really needed that early goal…
A win is a win and that is the end of that debate. There were many talking points in the Watford v Arsenal game and no doubt we will discuss them, but for now, I simply do not care what transpired in the game, a win is a win and that is all that matters.
Arsenal managed to get only their second Premier League away win since late November, although we were hardly convincing.
Our side was not only gifted the opening goal after a shocker from Ben Foster, who literally gave the ball to Aubameyang inside the box for the opener, but with only 10 minutes of the match played we were also given a personnel boost.
Before the first leg of the Europa League clash between Arsenal and Napoli both managers had nothing but respect and kind words for each other, however, the signs are there that the gloves will be coming off ahead of the second leg next week in Italy.
Review – ARSENAL 2-0 NAPOLI
A superb performance last night to put us in the driving seat for the second leg next week in Naples. Whilst we all certainly would’ve taken this result before the game, there is a hint of regret that we didn’t finish the tie off yesterday, with a lack of ruthlessness potentially costing us. We started quickly, playing with great intensity, epitomised by our energetic and mobile midfield pivot in Ramsey and Torreira, who pressed effectively throughout.