Arsene Wenger opted to rest Alexis Sanchez, who was reportedly mentally and physically jaded following Chile’s failure to make the World Cup. The Arsenal star’s absence was clear as the Gunners lacked effective cutting edge play at the top end of the pitch.
The game had appeared to be a formality after Per Mertesacker headed in from a corner on 19 minutes. Arsenal began to take control, but couldn’t find a second.
Even Mesut Ozil’s second half introduction failed to seal the win for Wenger’s side. The German wasted his 1 v 1 opportunity – his strike lacked conviction and was too easy for Heurelho Gomes.
Troy Deeney then grabbed an equaliser from the spot, before Tom Cleverley won it for the Hornets in added time.
It marks another terrible result for the Gunners which has left the fans miserable once again.
Here are THRRE things we learned from the defeat…
SAME OLD, SAME OLD
We’ve seen it plenty of time s before – some would even argue that Arsenal fans are used to performances like this. The 2-1 defeat is nothing out of the ordinary as the Gunners continue to struggle away from The Emirates.
Injuries to Koscielny and Mustafi have left us depleted at the back, while the defeat has knocked our confidence. A recipe for disaster.
LACAZETTE NOT GIVEN TIME
Usually if a player is struggling to get into the game, he deserves to be taken off. However, in this case Lacazette – who admittedly hadn’t had the best of games – deserved to remain on the pitch.
There is no doubt about it that Arsenal’s record signing is a clinical finisher and to take him off on the hour was a poor decision by Wenger. A laboured Watford side would have been easy pickings in the latter stages of the game.
The German had an eventful cameo. Despite laying the ball on a plate for Alex Iwobi, the Nigerian failed to find the net.
Meanwhile, Ozil blundered his own opportunity against Gomes and was later at fault for his part in the Watford winner.