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M. Sissoko
J. Hernández
2 - 3
52'
Gabriel Martinelli
A. Lacazette
1 - 3
30'
B. Saka
A. Lacazette
1 - 2
11'
J. Hernández
Kiko Femenía
1 - 1
5'
M. Ødegaard
B. Saka
0 - 1

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43% 57%
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Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 7 4
Total Passes 428 556
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Commentary

That's all for today, goodbye!
Arsenal leapfrog United into fourth place, just one point ahead of the Red Devils whose game kicks off shortly. They've now won their last four matches in a row and face Leicester City next time out. Watford remain in 19th, three points from safety. Next up for them is a trip to Wolves.
Arsenal move into the top four with a 3-2 win over Watford. Dennis had a goal chalked out 18 seconds in before Odegaard fired Arsenal into an early lead minutes later. They were pegged back by a wonderful overhead kick from Hernandez. Saka rifled them ahead again just before the break and Martinelli looked to have sealed it with a half-volley in the 52nd minute. Nketiah came off the bench to hit the post before Sissoko set up a nervy end to the game when he pulled a late goal back.
90' + 7' FULL-TIME: WATFORD 2-3 ARSENAL.
J. Hernández
Yellow Card
90' + 6' Hernandez throws the ball to Tierney and the left-back goes down holding his chest. The Watford fans and players are angry when the referee gives the free-kick against them and Hernandez is booked.
90' + 4' SAVE! Kalu breezes past Soares and cuts into the box before deciding to go for goal. His powerful shot is straight down the middle though and Ramsdale pushes it away.
E. Nketiah
Yellow Card
90' + 3' Nketiah steps across Sissoko to stop him from breaking away quickly on the counter and he's shown a yellow card.
90' + 2' Soares has gone down for Arsenal and it looks like he's struggling with cramp. The Watford fans are making it clear that they think he's time-wasting and he's quickly back to his feet.
R. Holding
M. Ødegaard
90' Arsenal's final change is a defensive one as they try to see out the win. Odegaard is taken off, with Holding on for him.
S. Kalu
T. Cleverley
89' Watford are making their second change now as Cleverley goes off for Kalu.
88' Arteta is urging his players to stay calm from the sidelines as Foster takes a free-kick in Watford's half. He lifts it into the box, but there's too much on it and Ramsdale comes to collect it.
J. Hernández
Assist
87' Hernandez is just inside Arsenal's half when he's fed in, but nobody closes him down, so he decides to pick out Sissoko with an early cross.
M. Sissoko
Goal
87' SISSOKO PULLS ONE BACK! It's a lovely floated cross from Hernandez and Sissoko brings it down on his chest. He does well to keep hold of it under pressure from White before taking on the shot from a tight angle. He keeps it low, hitting it under Ramsdale into the far side of the net. 3-2!
85' Kayembe has his pocket picked by Partey deep in his own half, and the midfielder squares it to Pepe in space down the left. He whips a dangerous cross into the six-yard box, but it's just too high for Nketiah.
83' It's a risky backpass from Xhaka and Dennis latches straight onto it. He tries to slide it through to Pedro instead of going for goal himself, but White slides in to cut it out.
81' OFF THE POST! Arsenal break quickly on the counter-attack again and Nketiah is through on goal after nudging Samir out of the way. He hits a low shot towards the near post, which has Foster beaten, but it rebounds off the woodwork.
E. Nketiah
A. Lacazette
80' Second change for Arsenal now, with Lacazette making way for Nketiah.
78' White goes for a more direct approach this time, lifting a long ball over the top to pick out Lacazette's run. He fizzes it into the middle, but it's just out of reach for Pepe and Odegaard.
76' Arsenal in 2021-22 (Smith Rowe, Saka and Martinelli) are just the fourth side to have three different players aged 21 or younger net 5+ times in the same campaign after Chelsea (2019-20), Leeds (1998-99) and Manchester United (1995-96).
74' Saka spins away from Cleverley before playing in Lacazette on the edge of the box. Cathcart is tight to him and the Frenchman goes to ground, asking for a penalty, but the referee tells him to get back to his feet.
N. Pépé
Gabriel Martinelli
73' Arsenal are making their first change now and it's Martinelli that's going off for Pepe.
72' GREAT CHANCE! Sissoko slides in Femenia, who has acres of space down the right. He whips a first-time shot into the far post, but it's just behind Dennis, who can't make the contact he needs.
70' Watford just can't clear their lines after a corner. Soares sees a shot blocked by Cathcart, but Xhaka swings another cross into the box. It falls to White, who sends a looping shot down the middle, but it's held by Foster.
68' Odegaard's throughball cuts Watford's defence wide open and Foster rushes off his line to try and reach it. Saka almost reaches it, but Kamara slides in just in time to take it off his toe.
66' Hernandez flicks the ball past Gabriel before pulling it back to Dennis in the middle. The ball gets caught under his feet and by the time he manages to dig out a shot, White is back in position to block it.
E. Kayembe
I. Louza
64' Watford are making the first change of the game and it's Louza that's going off for Kayembe.
62' Arsenal break on the counter again, with Tierney playing a lovely switch of play out to Saka. Three Watford defenders quickly close him down this time though and he can't get into the box.
60' It's another good move from Arsenal, who are breaking through Watford with ease. Tierney fizzes a dangerous cross into the middle towards Odegaard, but Cathcart makes an important block.
Cédric Soares
Yellow Card
58' It's a clumsy one from Soares, who has his hands all over Pedro as he clips him from behind, and he's shown the first yellow card of the game.
57' SAVE! Ramsdale's clearance is straight to Pedro, who plays it straight back to Dennis in the box. He flicks it back to Cleverley, who takes on the shot from a tight angle, but Ramsdale gets down to smother it.
56' Arsenal's counter-attack falls apart on the edge of the box and Watford go straight down the other end. Kamara cuts inside from the left before going for goal himself, but his shot sails just over the bar.
54' Watford are looking to pull a quick goal back, with Pedro making a good run down the left. He cuts inside from the byline to get into the box where he's nudged over by Odegaard, but he's waved back to his feet when he asks for a foul.
A. Lacazette
Assist
52' Lacazette had his back to goal when the ball came to him, so he unselfishly laid it off to Martinelli for his second assist of the game.
Gabriel Martinelli
Goal
52' MARTINELLI SCORES! Saka takes a quick throw-in, and it's worked through Soares, Odegaard and Lacazette to Martinelli with a series of one-touch passes. He lets it bounce in front of him before hitting it on the half-volley, and he fires his shot into the far top corner of the net. 3-1 Arsenal!
50' Foster goes long with a clearance and White lets it bounce before heading it back to Ramsdale and Hernandez goes down and rolls around holding his face. There didn't look to be a lot in it though and he's waved back to his feet.
48' Ramsdale comes a long way out of his box to clear a throughball before slicing his clearance straight to Pedro. There's a mix-up between him and Hernandez in their haste to get towards goal, which gives Ramsdale the chance to get back to his line.
46' Arsenal get us back underway for the second half!
Arteta will be pleased with his side's performance so far, and they caused Watford some real problems every time they pushed forward, so he'll be hoping for more of the same. Watford made a bright start, but that fizzled out as the half went on. They invited the pressure onto themselves, which Hodgson will be hoping to avoid after the break.
Arsenal take a 2-1 lead over Watford into half-time. Just 18 seconds into the game, Dennis had the ball in the back of the net, but it was ruled out for offside. Odegaard did give Arsenal the lead in the fifth minute though with a good finish. Hernandez equalised for the hosts, scoring a spectacular overhead kick. Arsenal dominated after that though, coming close through Partey before Saka rifled them into the lead again.
45' + 3' HALF-TIME: WATFORD 1-2 ARSENAL.
45' + 1' The corner is taken short to Odegaard, but he plays it straight back to Tierney, who whips in another deep cross. Gabriel peels away at the far post, but gets caught under it, and heads his effort onto the roof of the net.
44' Dennis loses the ball this time, and Odegaard plays a great switch out to Tierney. He volleys a cross back to Partey, who tees up Martinelli with his first touch, but his shot is blocked by Samir.
42' Saka has been directly involved in 13 league goals this season (eight goals, five assists) the most of any player aged 20 or younger in the Premier League.
40' The hosts are trying to get upfield, but they lose the ball every time they advance over the halfway line. Partey picks Cleverley's pocket this time but sees his throughball to Saka cut out by Kamara.
38' Lacazette is tripped in midfield and Xhaka picks out Tierney from the resulting free-kick. He whips in a deep cross from the left, but it's over everyone waiting in the box.
36' Watford just can't get a touch on the ball at the moment as Arsenal patiently work their way upfield. The hosts are staying compact though and making it difficult for Arsenal to find a way through.
34' Saka links up well with Soares down the right again, and the defender curls a good cross into the six-yard box. Foster is alert though and rushes to collect it ahead of Lacazette.
32' CLOSE! Watford are almost caught out again here, with Tierney breezing down the left. He clips a cross onto the penalty spot, where Lacazette glances on a header, but it bounces just wide.
A. Lacazette
Assist
30' Lacazette holds off Cathcart before spinning and flicking a backheel to Saka to set up the goal.
B. Saka
Goal
30' SAKA SCORES! The move starts with Saka, who quickly steps across Cleverley to win the ball back when he was dawdling on the ball. He plays a one-two with Lacazette on the edge of the box before rifling a great shot over Foster to restore Arsenal's lead. 2-1 Arsenal!
29' Cleverley lifts it over the top to Dennis again, and he holds off White to cushion it down for Femenia. His cross is cleared by Gabriel, but Louza heads it back down for Sissoko. He has a go from range but drills his effort over the bar.
27' Femenia's cross is cut out and Arsenal break quickly on the counter through Odegaard. He tees up Xhaka, but he slices at his shot sending it looping high and wide of the near post.
25' GOOD SAVE! Watford are almost in again, with Louza's low shot causing Ramsdale a problem. He spills it but reacts brilliantly to take it off Dennis' boot on the edge of the six-yard box.
24' Pedro makes a good weaving run through the middle before he's tripped by Gabriel. Hernandez steps up to take the resulting free-kick just outside the D, but his shot is straight at Ramsdale.
22' Since the start of the 2019-20 season, Saka has provided 24 assists in all competitions - four more than any other Arsenal player (Pepe, 20).
20' Hernandez is away through the middle for Watford and Cleverley tries to pick him out with a long ball. There's too much on it though and Tierney clears the danger.
18' CLOSE! Soares' cross is cleared by Samir, but Xhaka pushes Cleverley off the ball to keep the attack alive. He flicks it back to Partey, who whips a shot towards the near post, but it's just wide of the post.
17' Dennis spins away from White on the edge of the box and opens a pocket of space for a shot. He drills his low shot across goal, but Gabriel gets back to make the block.
15' Watford are enjoying a good spell of possession now, but it's all in their own half. In the end, Femenia tries to pick out Hernandez's darting run down the right, but Tierney intercepts it.
13' Arsenal are looking to quickly restore their lead, with Saka causing more trouble down the right. He wins a free-kick, but Soares' cross is straight into Foster's gloves.
Kiko Femenía
Assist
11' Femenia was running onto the pull back, and he puts a brilliant cross into the box to set up Hernandez.
J. Hernández
Goal
11' WHAT A GOAL! It's great work from Sissoko originally to hold off Tierney and keep his side upfield before it's pulled back to Femenia. He clips a wonderful cross into the box and Hernandez pulls off a spectacular overhead kick, which bounces under Ramsdale's hand and into the bottom corner. 1-1!
10' SAVE! Watford win a free-kick just outside the left side of the box and Hernandez goes for goal. He curls it past the inside of the wall, but it's a comfortable save for Ramsdale.
9' Another attack goes down Arsenal's right, with Saka laying it off to Soares this time. He curls a deep cross into the far post, but it's too high for Lacazette before it bounces harmlessly wide.
7' Watford are still struggling to get a touch on the ball as Arsenal push forward again. Gabriel decides to go long when it's knocked back to him, but Kamara gets across to stop Saka from getting away this time.
B. Saka
Assist
5' It's good work from Saka to get away from Kamara and he has a lot of space to pull the cross back to Odegaard.
M. Ødegaard
Goal
5' ODEGAARD SCORES! Saka plays a clever one-two with Odegaard to open up the space down the right before he squares it back to Odegaard on the edge of the box. He takes it past Cathcart before poking a shot under Foster and into the bottom corner. 1-0 Arsenal!
3' Arsenal are keeping the ball well now and Saka makes a good run down the right. He squares a short cross to Odegaard on the edge of the box, but he can't find the space to tee up Lacazette.
1' OFFSIDE! Dennis has the ball in the back of the net with just 18 seconds on the clock, but it won't count! Pedro picked him out with a throughball down the left of the box and he coolly slotted his shot under Ramsdale and into the far bottom corner. He was well offside though and it's rightly disallowed.
1' Cleverley gets the game underway for Watford!
The teams are out on the pitch now, with kick-off just moments away!
Arsenal have scored in all 15 of their Premier League games against Watford – only against West Brom (26/26) do the Gunners have a better 100 per cent scoring rate in the competition.
Mikel Arteta was clearly impressed with his side's dramatic, late win over Wolves last time out as he names an unchanged line-up today. They're still without Emile Smith Rowe, who tested positive for Covid-19 in the build-up to the game.
Roy Hodgson makes three changes to the team that drew with Manchester United last Saturday. Femenia has shaken off a knock to start, with Pedro and Hernandez also coming in. Josh King and Ismaila Sarr are both out though after picking up respective back and hamstring injuries.
ARSENAL SUBS: Rob Holding, Nuno Tavares, Mohamed Elneny, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Bernd Leno, Nicolas Pepe, Eddie Nketiah, Omari Giraud-Hutchinson, Zak Swanson.
ARSENAL STARTING XI (4-3-3): Aaron Ramsdale; Cedric Soares, Ben White, Gabriel Magalhaes, Kieran Tierney; Martin Odegaard, Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka; Bukayo Saka, Alexandre Lacazette, Gabriel Martinelli.
WATFORD SUBS: Jurja Kucka, Adam Masina, Oghenekaro Etebo, Daniel Bachmann, Francisco Sierralta, Ken Sema, Christian Kabasele, Edo Kayembe, Samuel Kalu.
WATFORD STARTING XI (4-3-3): Ben Foster; Kiko Femenia, Craig Cathcart, Samir, Hassane Kamara; Moussa Sissoko, Imran Louza, Tom Cleverley; Juan Hernandez, Emmanuel Bonaventure Dennis, Joao Pedro.
Arsenal are looking to move into the top four and carry on their current three-game winning run with another victory here today. The Gunners haven't played in over a week due to their game with Liverpool being postponed last weekend due to the Reds' EFL Cup final, and they'll be hoping that hasn't stopped their momentum. As for Watford, they've won just one of their six games under Roy Hodgson (D2 L3), scoring just two goals in that run, but they did get a big point with a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford against Manchester United.
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