Watford v Arsenal - Probable lineups - Wenger facing injury crisis in defence

Randolph Lopez
October 15, 2017

Arsene Wenger claimed Arsenal were the victims of a "scandalous" penalty decision in their shock 2-1 defeat at Watford on Saturday.

After Etienne Capoue hit the post, the game appeared set to finish all-square until Tom Cleverley popped up with an injury-time victor to complete the recovery mission and send Watford above Arsenal and up to fourth.

There was an early alarm for Watford when Richarlison was hurt in a clash with Alex Iwobi, whose studs landed on the Brazilian's arm.

'We missed many chances to kill the game, [goal] number two, number three should have been scored. We were sluggish on the ball, toothless up front and then bad at the back.

It was that sort of game; promising much yet delivering little, until Mertesacker broke the deadlock in the 39th minute.

Mesut Ozil, on as a substitute, should have settled matters when he was sent clean through but he shot too close to Heurelho Gomes.

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Club captain Per Mertesacker celebrated his first Premier League appearance in 532 days with a thumping header to give the visitors a first-half lead.

Miguel Britos's error allowed Arsenal to launch a swift counter-attack but Christian Kabasele's sliding challenge on Iwobi in the box ended the danger.

Both Aaron Ramsey and Sanchez were left out completely due to fatigue, with Ozil only named on a strong Arsenal bench. However Owen tells BetVictor that their run of form will come to an end against Watford. Seconds later Hector Bellerin fouled Richarlison and Watford were level.

Deeney nearly had a second on 83 minutes as his shot hit Mertesacker and rebounded off a post.

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