For quite a long time of this Premier League away game, Arsenal and all our talented and creative players were held at bay and matched by the hard working, determined and well drilled home side. Watford went into this game with the joint best defensive record in the league and having only conceded one, from the penalty spot, at Vicarage Road so it was not totally unexpected.
But the Gunners kept pressing and probing without doing our old gung ho thing and leaving ourselves open at the back. It was just past the hour mark when we finally broke through, Alexis Sanchez scoring a 10th goal in six games after a lovely passing move saw Ozil break through on goal.
Maybe the ref would have given a penalty for the tackle on Ozil but the Chilean took the decision away. Then the Hornets’ hard work seemed to catch up with them a bit and Arsenal went for the throat, adding two more in the next 12 minutes to move back above Man United on goal difference into second place.
Giroud scored the second after a great cut back from Ozil and then Ramsey finally broke his duck for the season after great work down the right by Hector Bellerin. Getting the Welshman off the mark and keeping up the heavy scoring could turn out to be just as important as the three points.