Arsenal boosted their hopes of a major-four lift out in the Premier League after a unusual 10th-minute purpose by striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave them a 1-0 desire at 10-man Watford on Monday.
The result lifted the Gunners two locations as a lot as fourth on Sixty six functions from 33 video games, one on the support of 0.33-placed Tottenham Hotspur. Arsenal are sooner than fifth-placed Chelsea, who agree with played a recreation more, on purpose distinction. Watford stayed 10th with Forty six functions.
Arsenal manager Unai Emery modified into as soon as chuffed along with his crew’s first away clean sheet of the season.
“A clean sheet is mandatory,” he told the BBC. “It’ll give us various recordsdata, this match.”
The immediate-paced clash took a decisive flip in a frantic one-minute spell early on, as Aubameyang stumbled on the support of the net in unlikely vogue before Watford striker Troy Deeney modified into as soon as proven a straight purple card for elbowing Lucas Torreira.
Ben Foster dwelled on Daryl Janmaat’s support dash for too lengthy, allowing Aubameyang to shut him down and block his tried goalmouth clearance because the ball ricocheted into the support of the net.
Foster made no excuses for his howler.
“I’ve acknowledged sorry to the boys,” he acknowledged. “I attempted to straggle it on to my left and dash it out but before I knew it Aubameyang modified into as soon as bloody on me. He is simply too hastily. In hindsight or now no longer it is a must must rep rid [of the ball] as hastily as that it is doubtless you’ll, even though it goes into row Z.”
Torreira modified into as soon as taken off at 1/2-time with a “small injury,” acknowledged Emery, who also cited the ambiance surrounding the Uruguay worldwide after the Deeney incident.
“First I wonderful to entire the alternate of Lucas Torreira resulting from, after the purple card, the ambiance is in opposition to him,” he acknowledged.
“Also, the doctor acknowledged to me in the first 1/2 that he has honest a diminutive inconvenience from Thursday’s recreation in opposition to Napoli and I wonderful ‘okay, or now no longer it is the 2nd [to take him off]’.”
Asked what he thought of Deeney’s purple card, the mild Sevilla and PSG boss acknowledged he by no way observed the clash.
“I didn’t witness the purple card. I leave the resolution for the referee,” he acknowledged. “Or now no longer it is determined it helped us, with the decisions, resulting from we played with but every other player from then on. Or now no longer it is more advanced for them. However our purpose gave us the advantage in the first 1/2 and after the purple card also.”
The dwelling aspect overlooked their greatest opportunity in the eightieth minute when Arsenal substitute Ainsley Maitland-Niles slid in to block Andre Gray’s purpose-sure effort after the Watford forward rounded Leno.
Aubameyang, Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan also came shut on the various discontinue but Arsenal were compelled to hang on in the closing phases with Watford throwing men forward.
The dwelling crew’s manager Marco Silva praised his crew for their combating spirit in the face of adversity.
“We did various things to strive to desire, a extensive effort,” he acknowledged. “We didn’t rep any functions but we played properly. It modified into as soon as a elaborate recreation with 10 men.”