Arsenal secured their seven successive win across all competitions as they picked up a hard-fought 2-0 triumph over Watford on Saturday afternoon. The match appeared to be leaning towards a stalemate with the visitors maintaining a solid defence but the deadlock was eventually broken in the 81st minute after a Craig Cathcart own goal which was shortly followed by a neat Mesut Ozil finish.
Two things we learned:
Unai Emery finds way of making Arsenal win: Arsenal may have succumbed to back-to-back defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea at the start of the season but they have since returned to normalcy with seven straights win across all competitions. Among those, there have been at least games where they appeared on the back foot but a moment of brilliance has happened to turn the match in their favour. Likewise against Watford, Emery made the decision to bring Alex Iwobi onto the field during the second period and the Nigerian ultimately proved the match winner with a telling contribution. Iwobi was responsible for the bullet-like cross which influenced Cathcart’s own goal and shortly thereafter, he combined splendidly with Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Ozil on the counter attack to put the game out of sight. Surely the Nigerian will be knocking the door for a starting role next weekend.
Bernd Leno with a solid league debut between the sticks: Bernd Leno may have already featured in a couple of European and Cup games for Arsenal but his real test came against the Hornets, where he was brought onto the field during the final stages of the first half. Coming on for Petr Cech who sustained a hamstring injury, Leno was right away impressive with his distribution from his back which has been highlighted as his main strengths but he also impressed with his reflexes by making a sublime finger tip save to deny Troy Deeney from heading in the opening goal of the game. His league debut was thereafter solid barring one moment where a one-on-one with Isaac Success saw the Nigerian hit the woodwork on the far post. With the performance, the German can surely expect to make his full league debut at Fulham next weekend with Cech sidelined for a minimum of three weeks.
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