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Watford 2-2 Arsenal

Summary

  1. Watford fight back from two goals down to draw
  2. Sokratis error gifts Watford first goal, Luiz concedes penalty for second
  3. Sanchez Flores’s first game of second Watford spell
  4. Result: Bournemouth 3-1 Everton
  5. Callum Wilson (2) and Fraser for Cherries
  6. Calvert-Lewin had equalised from Richarlison cross

Arsenal threw away a 2-0 lead at Watford through defensive errors as Quique Sanchez Flores’ side earned a 2-2 draw in the first game of his second spell.

A typically expert finish from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had Arsenal ahead (21) despite Watford’s calls for a foul in the build-up, and the Gabon striker made it 2-0 shortly after with a simple finish from a fine Gunners move (32).

Watford halved the deficit just after the break through Tom Cleverley as Sokratis was caught playing out from the back (53), and Arsenal shot themselves in the foot again as David Luiz tripped sub Roberto Pereyra in the area, and he duly dispatched the penalty (81).

Watford should have won it in a chaotic final 15 minutes, but the thrilling affair ended level, meaning Arsenal stay seventh on eight points from five games, while Watford stay bottom but with their confidence back.

Player ratings

Watford: Foster (6), Femenia (6), Kabasele (6), Dawson (5), Holebas (5), Capoue (7), Hughes (6), Doucoure (6), Cleverley (8), Deulofeu (8), Gray (5)

Subs: Pereyra (7), Sarr (6), Janmaat (NA)

Arsenal: Leno (6), Maitland-Niles (6), Sokratis (4), Luiz (4), Kolasinac (6), Ceballos (5), Guendouzi (5), Xhaka (6), Ozil (6), Aubameyang (7), Pepe (6)

Subs: Willock (5), Torreira (5), Nelson (5)

Though Arsenal looked clinical in the final third in the first half, they faced 31 shots at their goal, the most they have ever faced in a Premier League fixture since Opta began collecting such data in the division in 2003/04.

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