Arsenal v Watford Review: Can We Keep The Pressure On Leicester? 

With only 8 games to go there is no room for mistakes if we are to catch Leicester and Spurs and we were up against Watford who had knocked us out of the FA Cup. 

Wenger picked the exact same team that beat Everton away before the international break and it proved to work well again from the very start. Alexis Sanchez got us up and running just under five minutes from an Iwobi cross to score his first league goal at the Emirates since October. 

It is so important to get an early goal as this eased the pressure on us and we dominated the first half as a result. Watford only had one shot on goal (which has been enough for most teams against us) and we had the chances to double our lead. 

We did finally get the second goal before half time and it came from teenager Iwobi who has been a revelation to us and has now scored 2 goals in 2 games. It was a typical Arsenal move and it was too easy for us. 

The second half was no different as we were cruising and looked very comfortable. Bellerin got us a third just two minutes into the half with a deflected shot to surely put the game to bed. 

We then eased through the game and could have had more when Iwobi hit the bar and former Spurs keeper Gomes had to make some saves. Watford also had a few chances when Monreal had to clear a header off the line and Ospina made a good save near the end but he had virtually nothing to do the whole game.

We added a fourth right at the end when substitute and much criticised Walcott proved his critics wrong by getting on the end of a good cross from fellow substitute Campbell.  

So it finished 4-0 and it was the most comfortable I have felt watching Arsenal for a while. Watford perhaps didn’t play as well as they have nothing to play for in the league now but we didn’t allow them into the game at all. 

We could have scored even more but I’m not complaining and the most important thing was the result. It was frustrating as we should have played like this in the FA Cup game as well as the majority of the season and it feels like too little too late for us now. 

Following the weekend’s fixtures we are still 11 points behind surprise leaders Leicester and 4 points behind Spurs but we have a game in hand. So we will only be 8 points and one point behind both teams if we win our extra game.

Next up for us is a tough away game against West Ham who have done really well this season. I went to the game at Upton Park last year and it was very close and I expect a similar game this time. Hopefully we can get the win though and continue to put the pressure on the top two. 

Looking at our remaining fixtures we have perhaps the easiest of the top three especially at home but we still have to win them and hope the teams above us drop some points. We still have a chance but need Leicester to finally collapse. Finishing above Spurs is always good but this year does feel like a wasted chance of winning the title. Can we still do it? 

Robbie and Claude from Arsenal Fan TV before the game!


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