Watford v Arsenal (2019-20)
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Watford v Arsenal
EventPremier League 2019-20
DateSunday 15 September 2019
VenueVicarage Road, London
Man of the MatchPierre-Emerick Aubameyang
RefereeAnthony Taylor
Weather26 °C (79 °F)
Watford - Newcastle
Arsenal - Spurs
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Arsenal - Frankfurt

Watford v Arsenal was a match which took place at the Vicarage Road on Sunday 15 September 2019.

A Watford side brimming with attacking intent fought back from two goals down at half-time to draw at home to Arsenal in Quique Sanchez Flores' first match since being reappointed Hornets manager.

The hosts fired in 31 shots - a club-record for a Premier League game - as Arsenal's shaky defence finally cracked after the break.

Watford levelled the scores when Roberto Pereyra rolled in a late penalty to secure only their second point of the season.

Tom Cleverley had earlier reduced the deficit when Gunners defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos gave away possession inside his own area.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put the visitors in front when he collected Sead Kolasinac's pass on the turn before firing past Ben Foster.

Arsenal doubled their lead as Aubemeyang finished a sweeping team move but the hosts improved after the break as the Gunners unravelled in front of the vociferous home support.

This was evident as early as the 10th minute as the red and white shirts backed off and space opened up for Cleverley, whose fierce effort was well saved by Bernd Leno.

Five minutes later, and Etienne Capoue was given the same time and space but could only shoot over the bar.

The Gunners want to play out from the back, and even though Matteo Guendouzi lost possession deep inside his own half on two occasions they persisted with their approach.

It was Sokratis who eventually made the mistake that always looked likely to happen, before Deulofeu diverted the ball into Cleverley's path for Watford's first goal.

David Luiz was brought in from London rivals Chelsea to shore up the defence over the summer, but the Brazilian has endured a difficult few weeks at the start of his Arsenal career, and has now conceded two penalties in three matches.

Luiz brought down Pereyra with a lunge in the final 10 minutes and the substitute stepped up himself to take the penalty and salvage a point for the hosts.

Watford welcomed Sanchez Flores for his second spell in charge at Vicarage Road with a bright start as they looked to impose themselves on the visitors.

They were in the ascendancy before going behind against the run of play as Will Hughes was dispossessed inside the Arsenal half. Kolasinac burst down the other end and fed Aubemeyang to rifle home.

Even after Aubemeyang doubled Arsenal's lead Watford still sensed the visitors' weakness was in playing out from the back and they crowded around Leno and his defenders, with the high press eventually leading to Sokratis' mistake.

The record 31 shots Watford produced was also a record for Arsenal, who have never faced more shots since Opta began collecting records.

The problem for Watford is that only 10 of their shots were on target and the return of injured talisman Troy Deeney cannot come soon enough they look to climb away from the bottom of the table.



15 September 2019
16:30 GMT
Watford Watford FC 2–2 Arsenal FC Arsenal Vicarage Road, London
Attendance: 21,360
Referee: Anthony Taylor
Cleverley Soccerball 53'
Pereyra Soccerball 81' (Pen)
Aubameyang Soccerball 21'32'
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26Ben Foster
21Kiko FemeníaYellow card
04Craig Dawson
27Christian Kabasele
25José HolebasSub off 78'Yellow card
16Abdoulaye Doucouré
29Étienne CapoueYellow card
19Will HughesSub off 63'
08Tom Cleverley
07Gerard Deulofeu
18Andre GraySub off 54'
01Heurelho Gomes
02Daryl JanmaatSub on 78'
06Adrian Mariappa
14Nathaniel Chalobah
23Ismaïla SarrSub on 54'
36Dimitri Foulquier
37Roberto PereyraSub on 63'
Flag of Spain Quique Sanchez Flores
Watford v Arsenal 2019-20
01Bernd LenoYellow card
15Ainsley Maitland-Niles
05Sokratis Papastathopoulos
23David Luiz
31Sead KolašinacYellow card
34Granit Xhaka
29Mattéo GuendouziSub off 67'Yellow card
08Dani CeballosSub off 60'
10Mesut ÖzilSub off 71'
14Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
19Nicolas Pépé
11Lucas TorreiraSub on 67'
21Calum Chambers
24Reiss NelsonSub on 71'
26Emiliano Martínez
28Joe WillockSub on 60'
35Gabriel Martinelli
77Bukayo Saka
Flag of Spain Unai Emery

Man of the Match:
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Assistant referees:
Gary Beswick
Adam Nunn
Fourth official:
Peter Bankes

Match rules

  • 90 minutes, no extra time or penalties.
  • Three points awarded to winner, none to loser.
  • One point awarded to each in the event of a draw.
  • Seven named substitutes
  • Maximum of three substitutions

Match Stats

Overall Watford Arsenal
Goals scored 22
Total shots 317
Shots on target 104
Ball possession 52%48%
Corner kicks 71
Fouls committed 144

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