Arsenal up to fourth as rare Ben Foster blunder gifts win at Watford

Ben Foster’s lapse in concentration cost Watford dear as Arsenal claimed a 1-0 victory over the 10-man Hornets on Monday evening.

Arsenal up to fourth as rare Ben Foster blunder gifts win at Watford

Arsenal up to fourth as rare Ben Foster blunder gifts win at Watford

 

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The Gunners netted what was to prove the winner after just 10 minutes when Foster dallied too long on the ball and what should have been a routine clearance ended up in the back of the net as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang charged down his kick and diverted the ball into an unguarded net.

Watford’s cause was further hampered just 90 seconds later when Watford talisman Troy Deeney was shown a straight red card for a callous elbow in the face of Lucas Torreira. Cojones? Some might say….

The Hornets, however, are no mugs and Javi Gracia’s men could consider themselves unfortunate not to take anything from the game after carving out a number of decent openings and keeping the Gunners on the backfoot.

The closest they came, however, was when Adam Massina rattled the angle of crossbar and post from fully 25 yards with an arrow of a strike that certainly deserved better.

Arsenal, however, were not without chances of their own with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang spurning perhaps the best of these to make the game safe.

As it is, the victory was enough to take Unai Emery’s side back up to fourth and put them in the driving seat to claim a return to the Champions League next season.

 

Full report to follow…

 

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