Watford 2-1 Arsenal

  • Tom Cleverley smashes home an injury time winner as Watford move up to fourth.
  • Troy Deeney levels from the penalty spot with 20 minutes remaining.
  • Per Mertesacker gives Arsenal the lead with a header after 39 minutes.
  • Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey left out of the Arsenal squad.
Tom Cleverley

Watford have done it! Arsene Wenger will not be happy given the circumstances behind their equaliser but the Hornets have come from behind to seal the victory which moves them up to fourth place.


Full-time: Watford 2-1 Arsenal


Mertesacker has been moved up front for these closing minutes but his attempts to knock the ball onto Giroud go awry as the ball trickles out for a goal kick. That sound be it...


Watford might have just snatched this! Holebas tries his luck from range with his effort taking a deflection that sparks a goal mouth melee. Deeney tries to force a rebound on goal only to see his effort blocked by Mertesacker but Cleverley follows that up by hammering into the roof of the net.


Goal! Watford 2-1 Arsenal (Tom Cleverley, 90+2)


Four minutes of time added on here and it is Watford looking the more likely to sneak a winner.


Jack Wilshere was stripped and ready to come on but instead it it Rob Holding onto replace Koscielny. The French defender must have picked up a knock which means Wilshere's wait for a Premier League appearance this season continues.


Capoue is immediately denied by the post! Richarlison tries to wriggle his way through a hoard of Arsenal defenders on his own but when that door is slammed shut, Deeney gets across to help him and cut the ball back to the French midfielder. His effort takes a nick off Mertesacker which then bounces off the woodwork.


Marco Silva makes his third and final change with Etienne Capoue on for Pereyra.


Watford want a second; Deeney chests the ball into the path of Richarlison who drills a shot on goal from a tight angle but it hits the side netting.


Deeney levels the contest! Scoring his first in 14 games, the striker drills into the right corner, sending Cech the wrong direction.


Goal! Watford 1-1 Arsenal (Troy Deeney, 71)


Richarlison cuts in from the left and goes down under a challenge from Bellerin and the referee points to the spot! There looked to be nothing in that, but Watford now have a golden opportunity to level this contest.


PENALTY - Watford


Here's another change for the away side with Olivier Giroud on for Lacazette.


Again, Mertesacker is targeted from the set piece but this time Watford survive.


Ozil, off the bench in this second half, unlocks the Watford back line to freeing Iwobi who opens up his body to shoot on goal but sees his effort pushed away by Gomes.


And we are back underway for the second half.


Half-time: Watford 0-1 Arsenal


Xhaka flicks the free kick in but it is nutted clear by Mariappa.


Lacazette wins a free kick about 30 yards out from goal. It might be the last action of this half.


Three minutes of time added on at the end of this half.


Arsenal surge forward again with Xhaka testing Gomes with a stinging drive from the edge of the box after being teed up by Welbeck. Arsenal recycle the ball with Bellerin lashing a cross/shot across goal that just evades the far post.


Arsenal have the lead! Starting his first Premier League game in over 18 months, Mertesacker towers over Tom Cleverley and plants a firm header post Gomes. It's their first goal scored away from home this season.