Watford 0-3 Arsenal: Resilient Arsenal sweep off Watford (Match report)
Watford haven't seen the back of Arsenal at the Vicarage for longer than one can remember and the trend continues after Arsenal's second half heroics on Saturday.
The late kickoff started in a cagey manner as both sides looked for gaps hopelessly but Huerello Gomes was on hand to thwart Theo Walcott's header early on. No clear cut chances afterwards as the ball spent more time in the middle than in either box 18.
Alexis Sanchez, who had fitness doubts before the game proved to be a nuisance on the left every time the gets to him as he forces Watford defenders to defend deep instead of trying the high line. On the other end, Petr Cech was forced to a fine save from Deeney as the Watford captain unleashed a screamer from distance. Aaron Ramsey was left unmarked after a neat Carzola over head pass but the Welshman looped wide.
Odion Ighalo was active all afternoon and it took a sensational clearance from Koscielny to deny the big Nigerian an open goal late on. Ighalo fluffed a golden chance when through on goal under intense pressure from Monreal. Petr Cech had to rush out in the closing stages of the half to deny Ighalo with a clearance that drew complaints from the home crowd for a penalty appeal that was rightfully waived off.
The second half started the way the first ended with end to end stuffs. Metersacker went into the books for a bizarre foul on Ighalo but that was as good as it got for Watford afterwards. Mesut Ozil danced past the defense and was hacked down but the referee played advantage as the rebound was fired home off the cross bar by in form Alexis Sanchez. Six minutes later, one became two; Mesut Ozil again picked out substitute Olivier Giroud who sent a shot to the roof of the net for his fourth goal of the campaign.
While Watford were ringing changes to halt the rot, Aaron Ramsey latched on to Hector Belerin's pass to stroll home the third in a very easy manner like the running nose of an hailing little child. The victory took Arsenal back to second after Manchester United's win pegged then back temporarily. Up next for the gunners is a fight of their lives against European powers Bayern Munich.
Match report written by @Komptrolla