By Walter Broeckx
Arsenal made one change compared to the team that started our last PL match against Manchester United.
Koscielny started in the place of Gabriel. Gabriel wasn’t even on the bench so probably he is injured. For the rest the team was unchanged.
Arsenal team that started: Cech, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Ramsey, Cazorla, Alexis, Ozil, Walcott
The subs: Macey, Debuchy, Gibbs, Arteta, Giroud, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Chambers.
Referee gives a foul when Gomes spills the ball but it looked to me he jumped in to his own defenders. Walcott with a header then but Gomes with the save. Arsenal with most of the ball and Watford leaning back from the start. Sanchez with a shot from distance but again Gomes with a good save. Deeney then with a shot for Watford but Cech also well awake and punched it away. Theo twice offside in a row, the second one was very close. 0-0 after 15 minutes.
Watford then almost got a shooting chance but Bellerin prevented Watford having a shot at goal 10 meters out. Deeney then got away on the flank but Koscielny wit a great interception. Watford trying to play a bit more forward now. Some Arsenal players trying to dribble themselves past their opponents too much for the moment, I think we need to pass our way more than dribble. Sanchez with a great pass to Ramsey but Ramsey couldn’t direct the ball in the goal just before the half hour mark. Ighalo suddenly away when Koscielny misses the ball but his shot goes well wide. A bit later he escapes again but Bellerin picks up his cross. 0-0 after half an hour.
Capoue slaps Alexis in the face but only gets a talking too…. Ah as usual…refs sees it (why else talk about it) and does nothing… Bellerin with a run on the right and a low inviting cross but a Watford defender can clear it. Corner for Arsenal given by Özil and Koscielny just misses the target. Ramsey then falls over and a Watford players acccidently touches his head with his shoes, Ramsey stays down but the ref doesn’t stop the match as he should do with a possible head injury. Watford also decides not to play the ball out. Not really nice sporting behaviour.
Cech then has to come out to defend a long ball that fell between Per and him but the ball bounced of his upper body while Watford claim a handball. A strange situation then when Ramsey is alone on his way to Gomes but the ref calls the play back for a foul on Theo? Or was Ramsey offside? If not a big mistake. Ramsey a bit later with the last shot of the first half but he blasts it over the crossbar. 0-0 after 45 minutes.
Nyom gets a deserved yellow card for time wasting when he took the ball with him to prevent Arsenal to take a quick throw in. Arsenal trying to pass their way round the Watford defence but PrÖdl can clear for a corner. Both teams having better spells mixed with not that good spells. Ref joins in with not giving a foul when Özil is pulled back and loses the ball. Mertesacker gets a deserved yellow card for a foul on Ighalo. Still 0-0 after 60 minutes.
Capoue goes down in the Arsenal penalty area but the ref wants nothing of it. Arsenal ggo up the other end and a combination between Alexis-Santi is given to Özil who is brought down by the last defender in the penalty area but the ball goes to Alexis who puts it in the net. GOAL!!! 0-1 to The Arsenal after 63 minutes.
Giroud enters the field in the place of Walcott before Watford start again and Gomes gets a yellow card for protesting something with the ref. Arsenal trying to add to the score and push Watford back in their half. Ramsey with an attempted pass that ends up in the feet of Özil who drags it bag in front of Giroud who with his first touch puts it in the net. GOAL!!! 0-2 to The Arsenal after 68 minutes.
Arsenal playing the ball around at free will now and Watford chasing an unreachable ball. Bellerin has a great run and puts in front of Ramsey and his shot that was going in gets a deflection but it ends up at the back of the net. GOAL!!! 0-3 to the Arsenal after 73 minutes. When The Arsenal is on fire we are too hot to handle. Nice to see Bellerin getting an assist after he started rather nervous in this match but grew to his usual level the longer the match went on.
Alexis almost with another goal, brought down by Gomes but the ball ran out of play and the ref ignored it. That was the last contribution from Alexis as he went off and The Ox came on in his place. Özil also made way and Arteta came in his place with 10 minutes to this double substitution.
Arsenal completely dominating and after a corner a powerful header from Giroud is kept out by Gomes with a great save. Arsenal looking to score even more goals but also with a good eye on the defensive organisation. Arsenal getting corner after corner in this moment. Also great to see how Santi every time when Watford went forward he sprinted back to help in the organisation. Amazing performance once again from the little Spanjard.
The not so far away supporters this time making themselves well heard as usual. Another good and solid win against a Watford team that did all they could to stop us from playing our game but in the end our talent paid off and we got a well deserved win. Another clean sheet also and another 3-0 win. And just as against Manchester United our changes of pace killed the opponents.
Well done Gunners!
PS: This title was changed at the last second as this was what a pundit in Belgium said right after the match. I kind a liked it.