A Ben Foster howler and a needless Troy Deeney red card helped Arsenal climb back into the Premier League top four with victory at Watford. Goalkeeper Foster gifted the Gunners an opening goal after 10 minutes when he took too long on the ball after collecting a back pass, allowing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to charge down his clearance and deflect the ball in.
Just a minute later, Watford captain Deeney was sent off for throwing his forearm into the face of Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira in a late challenge.
Despite playing with 10 men for 80 minutes, Watford offered the far greater threat, hitting the bar through Adam Masina’s powerful drive from distance in the second half, and forcing Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno into a number of excellent saves.
The German denied Craig Cathcart well with his feet shortly after Deeney’s red card – and later in the first half dived at full stretch to tip away Etienne Capoue’s goalbound free-kick.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles also produced a crucial block with 10 minutes remaining when he slid in to block Andre Gray’s shot after the Watford striker had rounded Leno. The visitors’ only real chance came midway through the second half but Foster brilliantly spread himself to block Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s volley from close range.
In the game, Super Eagles star, Alex Iwobi is the owner of a Premier League record in the 2018-2019 campaign after helping Arsenal beat Isaac Success’s Watford at Vicarage Road on Monday night. According to football statistics website Whoscored.com, the Nigeria national-teamer made seven key passes from open play in Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Watford on Monday night, a record in a Premier League match this season.
STATS | 🇳🇬 Alex Iwobi (22) vs. Watford yesterday ⤵️
✅ 90 minutes
🔑 7 key passes (1st on Arsenal)
🔀 32/36 passes in attacking 3rd (1st)
⚔️ 3/4 tackles won (1st)
The 7 key passes are the most by anyone in a PL game this season. 👏
— Football Wonderkidz (@FootWonderkidz) April 16, 2019
By registering seven key passes, Iwobi had five final passes more than teammates Aaron Ramsey, Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil. Isaac Success was among the six Watford players that finished the match with one key pass, the others being Daryl Janmaat, Christian Kabasele, Abdoulaye Doucouré, Will Hughes and Troy Deeney.
In other stats, Iwobi attempted three shots with one on target, had a passing accuracy of 88.7 percent, touched the ball 85 times and racked up a team-high three tackles. The Super Eagles star has logged 1,705 minutes from 30 appearances in the Premier League this season.
The Gunners were well below their best but the rare away win could prove crucial in the race to qualify for next season’s Champions League. They climb two places to fourth in the table, two points clear of Manchester United and ahead of Chelsea on goal difference.
SOURCE: All Nigeria Soccer
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