Arsenal vs Watford
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Arsenal beat Watford to climb up to 5th place in the Premier League table, with Man United, Tottenham Hotspurs, and Brighton all dropping points.

Claudio Ranieri took his side to the Emirates Stadium looking to get his first win there, he has never won at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League in his entire career; save for one game in the Champions League when he was still manager of Chelsea more than a decade ago.

Arsenal saw Thomas Partey missing out due to a tight groin and being replaced by Albert Sambi Lokonga; Ainsley Maitland Niles also started in place of Mohamad Elneny.

Kieran Tierney Continues to miss out due to an injury with Nuno Tavares keeping his place in the Gunners’ back four.

Arsenal stifled at the start

The Gunners started well in the game, coming out all guns blazing (pun intended).

They had a goal disallowed for offside in the 8th minute, with Bukayo Saka’s goal being ruled out following VAR checks.

Arsenal then had a penalty awarded to them in the 33rd minute after Danny Rose smacked Alexander Lacazette in the face during a wild challenge, leaving the Frenchman writhing on the ground in agony.

The resulting penalty was then saved by 38-year-old veteran Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster following a tame shot to the left of the goal by Pierre Emerick Aubameyang.

Arsenal labored really hard but found it very difficult to break down and penetrate Watford’s solid and cogent defense.

Emmith Smith-Rowe then scored on the 55th-minute mark, curling a shot in following excellent work by center-back Ben White, who was trying to free himself for a shot but the ball was diverted onto Smith-Rowe’s path.

Aubameyanng then put the ball into the net in the 72nd minute following neat work by Bukayo Saka and substitute martin Odegaard but his goal was once again ruled out for offside.

Arsenal found life easier with Watford in the backfoot, dominating the latter stages of the match and causing Watford numerous problems.

Watford was then down to 10 men in the 88th minute following a red card to Kucka for a second bookable offense.

Bouncing back

Arsenal made a torrid start to their Premier League campaign, losing 2-0 in the opening game of the season to newly-promoted Brentford after splashing out over $150 million.

They followed up with a painful 2-0 defeat to Chelsea at home and a soul-crushing 5-0 defeat to the champions Manchester City, before storming back to form.

They have been unbeaten in the last 8 games in the Premier League since, picking up morale-boosting wins against Tottenham Hotspurs and Leicester City along the way.

Arsenal currently sits in 5th place, with their remarkable turnaround from their nightmare start to the season completely and they look to be in good stead to soar even higher.

Jose Mourinho meltdown against a reporter.

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