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Report: Watford 2 – 2 The Keystone Cops

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After coming from 2-0 down to draw against Spurs, we’d managed to get ourselves to 2-0 up before half time this week before we allowed Watford back into the game with some keystone cop defending.

Aubameyang had scored twice to get us into a perhaps undeserved lead going into the break, and five minutes into the second half things were going our way until…

A dangerous goal kick in our own box was sidefooted to Deulofeu by Sokratis, Cleverley pelting it past the hapless Leno to get The Hornets back in the game, and the home crowd were back onside. It was one of those goal kicks where you could just feel we were about to implode and do something stupid and our defenders obliged.

It was a real shame as the return of Ozil, up front with Pepe and Aubameyang had started to look like it would start to work, and we had carved out chances to finish the game, but Watford had other ideas.

If the first half was all Arsenal, the second half was all Watford, and we were lucky to finish the game with a point if the truth be told.

After the horrible defending for the first goal, it was yet another individual error which led to their second, David Luiz bringing down Pereyra just inside the box.

Watford had an incredible 31 shots, a record amount and we were lucky to cling on to the point.

Xhaka was poor yet again, but luckily for him, our defenders were worse. The was some good news last week with the shock revelation that Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding and even Kieran Tierney are all on their way back, so fingers crossed they get back sooner rather than later and we can eradicate some of these ridiculous and frustrating individual errors that are costing us points week in week out.

Next up are Frankfurt in the Europa League ahead of another home game against Aston Villa, where we’ll be looking to put things right.

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