LONDON — Arsenal moved into the Premier League best 4, however made laborious paintings of seeing off 10-man Watford 1-Zero because of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s lucky early opener on Monday.
Aubameyang profited from an error by way of Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster as he blasted an tried clearance in off the Gabon global.
Watford captain Troy Deeney was once then proven a instantly crimson card after simply 11 mins, however the Gunners did not profit from their guy merit and had been lucky because the hosts two times hit the woodwork.
Then again, Unai Emery’s males held out for a primary blank sheet clear of house within the Premier League this season to transport forward of Chelsea on purpose distinction into fourth.
“We did not keep watch over the fit like I sought after,” admitted Emery.
“The group was once fearful as a result of they may (have) taken some second. Crucial for us is to attain the second one purpose, which we did not do.”
Arsenal additionally edge to inside of some extent of north London competitors Tottenham and two transparent of Manchester United within the four-way fight for the 2 ultimate Champions League puts in the back of Liverpool and Manchester Town.
FA Cup finalists Watford had been already shorn of the person who helped ebook their position at Wembley towards Manchester Town subsequent month as Gerard Deulofeu overlooked out thru harm and Javi Gracia’s facet did themselves little favours early on.
Initially, Foster dallied as Aubameyang closed in to concede a comical opener.
“I have mentioned sorry to the boys,” mentioned Foster. “I’ve attempted to tug it directly to my left and go it out however earlier than I knew it he (Aubameyang) was once bloody on me.
“In hindsight it’s important to get rid as fast as you’ll, even though it is going into row Z.
“I’m indisputably now not a contemporary goalie. They may be able to’t rating from row Z.”
And inside of seconds, Deeney was once punished for what the referee noticed as an elbow into the face of Lucas Torreira.
“If this can be a foul I’ve a doubt, possibly a yellow card however (a) crimson card, I do not perceive why the referee did it,” argued Watford boss Javi Gracia.
Then again, the 10 males had been nonetheless inflicting issues to a defensively susceptible Arsenal on the different finish.
Craig Cathcart’s shot was once grew to become onto the put up by way of Bernd Leno and the German goalkeeper was once additionally a complete stretch to show an Etienne Capoue free-kick in the back of.
Emery presented Mesut Ozil at half-time in an try to beef up Arsenal’s ultimate ball with such a lot house to counter-attack into, however to little avail.
Alex Iwobi appeared to have supplied the very best pass to pick Henrikh Mkhitaryan, however Foster made amends for his previous error by way of spreading himself to make an excellent save from the Armenian.
Arsenal’s horrible away document is why they face any such tight fight to safe Champions League soccer subsequent season.
They usually will have thrown only a 2d away league win since November away as Adam Masina crashed a 25-yard strike off the crossbar earlier than Andre Grey miscontrolled Daryl Janmaat’s go when blank thru on Leno.
Grey was once then denied by way of a last-ditch problem from Ainsley Maitland-Niles after rounding Leno, however with out the firepower of Deulofeu and Deeney, Watford’s courageous effort fell simply quick.
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