Watford 2-2 Arsenal: Hornets fightback to frustrate Emery’s side

Arsenal blew a 2-0 lead to draw at the Premier League’s bottom club, Watford, on Sunday.

Unai Emery’s side had started the better and took the lead midway through the first half with a fine finish into the corner from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

One of the three players to top scorer in the Premier League last season, Aubameyang scored his second of the game and his fifth of the season when he swept home a counter-attack just after the half hour mark.

Bernd Leno and the Arsenal defence hadn’t looked comfortable passing goal kicks inside the penalty area and it turned out to be their undoing after the break. Sokratis conceded possession in the box with the ball ricocheting to Tom Cleverly who turned the ball home only eight minutes into the second half.

Watford pressed for an equaliser and were given a great opportunity to do so when David Luiz tripped substitute Roberto Pererya inside the box with only 10 minutes remaining. The former Juventus midfielder stepped home to tuck in the hosts’ equaliser.

It was the Hornets who looked like the more likely winners in the remaining time as they fired in a total of 31 shots during the game. However, they would settle for a point in Quique Flores’ first game back at the club, doubling their tally for the season. Victory would have moved Arsenal up to third but instead they ended Sunday in seventh place.

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