Watford 0-1 Arsenal: Gunners head into Premier League top four

By Mirror: Tuesday, April 16th 2019 at 10:13 GMT +3 | Football
Arsenal, Watford action [Courtesy]

Arsenal moved back into the Premier League top four with a 1-0 win over Watford.

Unai Emery's men started the evening in sixth position, but they were given a helping hand on their way by the FA Cup finalists, who gifted the Gunners both a goal and a man advantage in the opening 13 minutes.

The visitors took the lead with just 10 minutes on the clock, thanks to an error from Hornets goalkeeper Ben Foster, who received a pass back and proceeded to blast it against Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - with the ball rebounding into the net.

Shortly after, Javi Gracia's side - aiming to finish 'best of the rest' - were down to 10 men, with skipper Troy Deeney sent off.

Eighteen months after his 'cojones' crack at the north Londoners, Deeney was dismissed after throwing an arm and catching Lucas Torreira.

Despite being a man down, Gracia's men troubled the visitors throughout the first period, with Bernd Leno making smart saves to deny Craig Cathcart and Etienne Capoue.

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Arsenal themselves missed good chances in the second half, with Foster also making a fine stop to deny Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

And Watford almost snatched an equaliser when Andre Gray rounded Leno - only for Ainsley Maitland-Niles to produce a fine block as the striker looked to roll into the empty net.

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