We all know the second half Arsenal performance against Watford was lamentable but that does not mean there were no positives that can be taken from the game.
This was a game of two halves, one good, one very bad but even in the bad half, there was positives that can be taken from it.
Watford did not score by breaking Arsenal down
It was two huge avoidable errors that cost Arsenal, put them to one side and the Arsenal defence actually stood up against a relentless barrage from the Hornets. That tells me that if the errors are cut out that the Arsenal defence can be effective.
Bernd Leno was a solid last line of defence
If it was not for the German Arsenal would have lost, he made an error against Tottenham last week but he has not allowed that to dent his confidence and put in a display that was very decent, he just needs to be more consistent.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is on fire
It is such a shame that he was not on the winning side, he fully deserved to be, he got a brace to take his season total to five and if there was one player that could hold his head high yesterday it was the Gabon international.
When Arsenal are good they are very good
The second goal involved every single outfield player, it was a master class in passing and control and they opened up Watford like a tin of beans. That showed Arsenal can be almost unstoppable when they put their minds to it and it is definitely something that Unai Emery can build on.
Arsenal didn’t lose
I suspect many of you reading this will be asking how the hell is that a positive? Well, when you concede 31 shots, which is one more than Man City managed against Tottenham then not to lose can only be classed as a positive. Being two up and then drawing is, of course, a negative but putting the whole game into context a point was a blessing. Put it this way, if that game would have gone on for another ten minutes, Arsenal would have lost.