Friday,December 2,2022

Watford 1-3 Arsenal : Match Report And Arsenal Player Ratings, As Gunners Record Their First Win Of The Season

One point from two matches saw Arsenal’s worst start to the Premier League season since 2011/12 and Arsenal stepped into this match with an opportunity to get the first win on board against an opponent they have impeccable record with banging 16 goals in 6 against Watford. News doing the rounds before the match was the two new signings being in final stages of their move to the Emirates. Wenger resisted the temptation to bring Giroud in starting XI and started with 4-2-3-1 with Cazorla-Xhaka in the midfield and Alexis upfront.

It was crucial that the away side pick some points at the Vicarage Road going into the International break and not be left far off from the clubs like Chelsea and the Manchester’s who maintain their 100% success rate till now. There was a chance to avenge the ouster from the FA cup through the hands of Watford and the Gunners dominated possession in the first half and it was in the 8th minute they got the reward in form of penalty which Cazorla converted from the spot and after that Arsenal found their mojo with quick play passing and creating more chances. At half time the score read 3-0 and it was nearly done and dusted as far as Watford were concerned.

The second half saw changes ticked in from the home team which regained some momentum in their favor and Arsenal lost the impetus they attained in the first half. New signing Pereyra was the shining light for Watford in the second half as he created their first goal and looked brilliant which was in contrast to his other team mates. All in all it was a comfortable victory for Arsenal and crucial 3 points.

Player Ratings :-

Petr Cech 7/10
He showcased all his experience and was at the right positions in the right time, exhibited excellent reflexes when he was tested at times by deflection from his own team mates. Decent on air balls and produced a stunning double save in the 68th minute.

Nacho Monreal 6/10
Was substituted in the midway of second half due to reported ankle issues which he sustained from a previous challenge from Deeney and aggravated it protecting a corner. Attacked the ball well and dealt with the threat of Guedioura from left well.

Laurent Koscielney 7/10
MOTM in the last match was rock solid once again and saved the day for Arsenal in the defence department. His performance may well be compared to that of Curtis Davies against United later that night. Overall excellent marking in the box and classic defending from the boss.

Rob Holding 7/10
With news of Shokdran Mustafi arrival imminent he may enjoy his last first team starts this season and have looked decent so far apart from the first game, excellent in the air he is a fast learner and bright prospect for the future. Had a good game with no mistakes.

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Hector Bellerin 8/10
Needs to improve his crossing but he overshadowed that with his brilliant runs forward and providing some decent passes at crucial positions. Defended well and kept attacks to a minimum from the right flank.

Granit Xhaka 8/10
The midfield maestro as they say him in Switzerland was very much into the game from the beginning, along with Cazorla in the first half gave Arsenal the bossing rights in the midfield. Had a decent game and excellent in long passes, needs to think before going in for a sliding tackle at times.

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Santi Cazorla 8/10
First one on the score sheet was back to his near best and controlled the tempo in the midfield well with occasionally moving forward. His partnership with Sanchez was crucial with the duo completing 22 combined passes in the match.

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Theo Walcott 7/10
Facing criticism for his performance against Leicester he made a good comeback, was good with his runs but lacked decision making at some points in the game. Provided one peach of a cross to Sanchez for the second goal and was clinical in tracking back and winning the ball which is an integral quality in his game.

Mesut Ozil 8/10
You draft this man in any team and that team will look a 70% improved version already. Quality passes and great vision is his game and was instrumental in Arsenal dominating the first half. Deserved the third goal and provided some good balls in the box but with absence of Giroud no one could capitalize.

Oxlade Chamberlain 6/10
Inconsistency have marred this player’s game and he needs to improve his positional game and passing game. Over confident with that chip over the keeper when he had the option to pass.

Alexis Sanchez 9/10
He seems to relish playing against Watford. He is a different player when he runs with the ball from wide areas, brilliant vision for providing that ball for the third goal and won the header outta nowhere at the half line in build up to that second goal. One of the chief tormentors of Watford in that 3-1 win.

Substitutes :-

Jack Wilshere 6/10

He was introduced in the 70th minute and played well with his little turns and short passes, was booked in dying stages of the game for a cynical tackle on Capoue.

Elneny 6/10

Took over what Cazorla was doing as he moved upwards after tactical substitution of Ozil, covered the ground inside out and maintained fluidity in Arsenal play.

Gibbs 6/10

Brought in due to apparent ankle problem to Monreal, made couple of decent tackles inside the box.

One point from two matches saw Arsenal’s worst start to the Premier League season since 2011/12 and Arsenal stepped into this match with an opportunity to get the first win on board against an opponent they have impeccable record with banging 16 goals in 6 against Watford. News doing the rounds before the match was the two new signings being in final stages of their move to the Emirates. Wenger resisted the temptation to bring Giroud in starting XI and started with 4-2-3-1 with Cazorla-Xhaka in the midfield and Alexis upfront.

It was crucial that the away side pick some points at the Vicarage Road going into the International break and not be left far off from the clubs like Chelsea and the Manchester’s who maintain their 100% success rate till now. There was a chance to avenge the ouster from the FA cup through the hands of Watford and the Gunners dominated possession in the first half and it was in the 8th minute they got the reward in form of penalty which Cazorla converted from the spot and after that Arsenal found their mojo with quick play passing and creating more chances. At half time the score read 3-0 and it was nearly done and dusted as far as Watford were concerned.

The second half saw changes ticked in from the home team which regained some momentum in their favor and Arsenal lost the impetus they attained in the first half. New signing Pereyra was the shining light for Watford in the second half as he created their first goal and looked brilliant which was in contrast to his other team mates. All in all it was a comfortable victory for Arsenal and crucial 3 points.

Player Ratings :-

Petr Cech 7/10
He showcased all his experience and was at the right positions in the right time, exhibited excellent reflexes when he was tested at times by deflection from his own team mates. Decent on air balls and produced a stunning double save in the 68th minute.

Nacho Monreal 6/10
Was substituted in the midway of second half due to reported ankle issues which he sustained from a previous challenge from Deeney and aggravated it protecting a corner. Attacked the ball well and dealt with the threat of Guedioura from left well.

Laurent Koscielney 7/10
MOTM in the last match was rock solid once again and saved the day for Arsenal in the defence department. His performance may well be compared to that of Curtis Davies against United later that night. Overall excellent marking in the box and classic defending from the boss.

Rob Holding 7/10
With news of Shokdran Mustafi arrival imminent he may enjoy his last first team starts this season and have looked decent so far apart from the first game, excellent in the air he is a fast learner and bright prospect for the future. Had a good game with no mistakes.

Hector Bellerin 8/10
Needs to improve his crossing but he overshadowed that with his brilliant runs forward and providing some decent passes at crucial positions. Defended well and kept attacks to a minimum from the right flank.

Granit Xhaka 8/10
The midfield maestro as they say him in Switzerland was very much into the game from the beginning, along with Cazorla in the first half gave Arsenal the bossing rights in the midfield. Had a decent game and excellent in long passes, needs to think before going in for a sliding tackle at times.

Santi Cazorla 8/10
First one on the score sheet was back to his near best and controlled the tempo in the midfield well with occasionally moving forward. His partnership with Sanchez was crucial with the duo completing 22 combined passes in the match.

Theo Walcott 7/10
Facing criticism for his performance against Leicester he made a good comeback, was good with his runs but lacked decision making at some points in the game. Provided one peach of a cross to Sanchez for the second goal and was clinical in tracking back and winning the ball which is an integral quality in his game.

Mesut Ozil 8/10
You draft this man in any team and that team will look a 70% improved version already. Quality passes and great vision is his game and was instrumental in Arsenal dominating the first half. Deserved the third goal and provided some good balls in the box but with absence of Giroud no one could capitalize.

Oxlade Chamberlain 6/10
Inconsistency have marred this player’s game and he needs to improve his positional game and passing game. Over confident with that chip over the keeper when he had the option to pass.

Alexis Sanchez 9/10
He seems to relish playing against Watford. He is a different player when he runs with the ball from wide areas, brilliant vision for providing that ball for the third goal and won the header outta nowhere at the half line in build up to that second goal. One of the chief tormentors of Watford in that 3-1 win.

Substitutes :-

Jack Wilshere 6/10

He was introduced in the 70th minute and played well with his little turns and short passes, was booked in dying stages of the game for a cynical tackle on Capoue.

Elneny 6/10

Took over what Cazorla was doing as he moved upwards after tactical substitution of Ozil, covered the ground inside out and maintained fluidity in Arsenal play.

Gibbs 6/10

Brought in due to apparent ankle problem to Monreal, made couple of decent tackles inside the box.

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One point from two matches saw Arsenal’s worst start to the Premier League season since 2011/12 and Arsenal stepped into this match with an opportunity to get the first win on board against an opponent they have impeccable record with banging 16 goals in 6 against Watford. News doing the rounds before the match was the two new signings being in final stages of their move to the Emirates. Wenger resisted the temptation to bring Giroud in starting XI and started with 4-2-3-1 with Cazorla-Xhaka in the midfield and Alexis upfront.

It was crucial that the away side pick some points at the Vicarage Road going into the International break and not be left far off from the clubs like Chelsea and the Manchester’s who maintain their 100% success rate till now. There was a chance to avenge the ouster from the FA cup through the hands of Watford and the Gunners dominated possession in the first half and it was in the 8th minute they got the reward in form of penalty which Cazorla converted from the spot and after that Arsenal found their mojo with quick play passing and creating more chances. At half time the score read 3-0 and it was nearly done and dusted as far as Watford were concerned.

The second half saw changes ticked in from the home team which regained some momentum in their favor and Arsenal lost the impetus they attained in the first half. New signing Pereyra was the shining light for Watford in the second half as he created their first goal and looked brilliant which was in contrast to his other team mates. All in all it was a comfortable victory for Arsenal and crucial 3 points.

Player Ratings :-

Petr Cech 7/10
He showcased all his experience and was at the right positions in the right time, exhibited excellent reflexes when he was tested at times by deflection from his own team mates. Decent on air balls and produced a stunning double save in the 68th minute.

Nacho Monreal 6/10
Was substituted in the midway of second half due to reported ankle issues which he sustained from a previous challenge from Deeney and aggravated it protecting a corner. Attacked the ball well and dealt with the threat of Guedioura from left well.

Laurent Koscielney 7/10
MOTM in the last match was rock solid once again and saved the day for Arsenal in the defence department. His performance may well be compared to that of Curtis Davies against United later that night. Overall excellent marking in the box and classic defending from the boss.

Rob Holding 7/10
With news of Shokdran Mustafi arrival imminent he may enjoy his last first team starts this season and have looked decent so far apart from the first game, excellent in the air he is a fast learner and bright prospect for the future. Had a good game with no mistakes.

Hector Bellerin 8/10
Needs to improve his crossing but he overshadowed that with his brilliant runs forward and providing some decent passes at crucial positions. Defended well and kept attacks to a minimum from the right flank.

Granit Xhaka 8/10
The midfield maestro as they say him in Switzerland was very much into the game from the beginning, along with Cazorla in the first half gave Arsenal the bossing rights in the midfield. Had a decent game and excellent in long passes, needs to think before going in for a sliding tackle at times.

Santi Cazorla 8/10
First one on the score sheet was back to his near best and controlled the tempo in the midfield well with occasionally moving forward. His partnership with Sanchez was crucial with the duo completing 22 combined passes in the match.

Theo Walcott 7/10
Facing criticism for his performance against Leicester he made a good comeback, was good with his runs but lacked decision making at some points in the game. Provided one peach of a cross to Sanchez for the second goal and was clinical in tracking back and winning the ball which is an integral quality in his game.

Mesut Ozil 8/10
You draft this man in any team and that team will look a 70% improved version already. Quality passes and great vision is his game and was instrumental in Arsenal dominating the first half. Deserved the third goal and provided some good balls in the box but with absence of Giroud no one could capitalize.

Oxlade Chamberlain 6/10
Inconsistency have marred this player’s game and he needs to improve his positional game and passing game. Over confident with that chip over the keeper when he had the option to pass.

Alexis Sanchez 9/10
He seems to relish playing against Watford. He is a different player when he runs with the ball from wide areas, brilliant vision for providing that ball for the third goal and won the header outta nowhere at the half line in build up to that second goal. One of the chief tormentors of Watford in that 3-1 win.

Substitutes :-

Jack Wilshere 6/10

He was introduced in the 70th minute and played well with his little turns and short passes, was booked in dying stages of the game for a cynical tackle on Capoue.

Elneny 6/10

Took over what Cazorla was doing as he moved upwards after tactical substitution of Ozil, covered the ground inside out and maintained fluidity in Arsenal play.

Gibbs 6/10

Brought in due to apparent ankle problem to Monreal, made couple of decent tackles inside the box.

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