Premier League: Arsenal triumph with solid win over Watford
Matt Haynes | October 17, 2015
A frustrating first half of football for Arsenal at Vicarage Road eventually saw the visitors make their mark in the second period as the Gunners ran out resounding 3-0 winners in a result which sees them keep the pressure on Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.
Early Arsenal dominance
It was a bright start from Arsene Wenger’s side with Hector Bellerin making early strides, providing to be a constant menace, marauding down the right, though on more than one occasion, his crosses came to nothing.
While Arsenal were buoyed by their 3-0 victory over Manchester United last time out, the hosts also had reason to be positive after a good start to life in the Premier League so far this season. On 10 minutes, Alexis Sanchez, who was a doubt prior to kick off forced a great save from Hornets goalkeeper Huerelho Gomes after stinging his gloves.
Not long after, at the other end, Troy Deeney had two chances in as many minutes, his second coming close to hitting the back of the net, while a minute later, he combined with strike partner Odion Ighalo who fired wide.
Aaron Ramsey had what could well have been the chance of the half, after Sanchez played him in and his reaction said it all.
The second period brought with it more incisive passing from Wenger’s side, which brought Mesut Ozil more into the match. From one end of the field to the other, after Watford had an appeal turned down for a penalty, it was Sanchez who popped up to turn in following great work from Ozil and Santi Cazorla.
Olivier Giroud marked his substitute appearance four minutes later after coming on for Theo Walcott, converting a cutback from Ozil, with the second goal seeming to flatten Watford’s motivation.
Just over five minutes later, Arsenal were three up, as Bellerin built on a solid match, and this time found his target in the box as Ramsey made up for his missed chance in the first period to make it a satisfying three points for Wenger’s side.