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…
You could say we got lucky again soon after when Troy Deeney brushed past Lucas Torreira, who went down like a sack of the spuds. Normally that would have been ignored by the ref but this time he got a nod from the linesman, and suddenly Deeney was back on the bench nursing his cojones! It couldn’t have happened to a nicer man!
Despite our man advantage we still made hard work of holding on to our lead, and Watford fought just as hard with ten men. Emery was very pleased and relieved at the end of the game when we finally won an away game: “Yes. The three points is I think the most important thing today but also, I think we worked well being consistent in our structure, defending their long balls and set-pieces. Here they are a very strong team at doing that. After, with the ball I wanted to do better, I wanted to control better with the possession of the ball and with one player more on the pitch. We didn’t do that, but in some attacking moments for us, we took chances to score the second goal and didn’t score. We needed to defend in the last minutes, very close with everybody to their good action in the long balls, and the second action to be good in defensive moments.”
We should really have put the game to bed, but as we said earlier; Three points is three points!