Arsenal secures an important win at Emirates stadium to maintain their consecutive 3 games winning streak in Premier League. From the 1st minute, Arsenal looked impressive with attack and defense. There were few instances where they good have enjoyed early lead but they missed chances. In the 2nd half, Smith-Rowe’s outstanding goal helped get the important lead in the game and this was the only difference between the two teams. Ranieri’s men never looked threatening to Arteta’s tactics and Kucka’s red card in the final minutes dented Watford’s any more chances to get back in the game.
Here are the player ratings for the Premier League fixture between Arsenal and Watford :-
Aaron Ramsdale (GK) (6/10): At the goal, Ramsdale didn’t face any challenges to make saves. But he looked very impressive with his passing to the defenders and he maintained 89% passing accuracy.
Nuno Tavares (7/10): The penetration and chances driven forward from the defense were mainly done by Tavares. He made an important clearance and also had 88% passing accuracy.
Gabriel (7/10): Central Defender Gabriel was very impressive with his clearances and made some great through passes to Lacazette and Saka to get more goal scoring chances.
Ben White (7/10): At the centre back position, White was equally good like Gabriel. With 87% passing accuracy,he maintained the defense wall and was able to track down the movements of Ozan effectively.
Takehiro Tomiyasu (7/10): Tomiyasu was struggling in 1st 15 minutes in holding the ball and was making unnecessary fouls. But he was able to adapt his game quickly and made 2 important clearances and won couple of tackles to dent Watford’s attack.
Emile Smith-Rowe (8/10): Smith-Rowe was very impressive at the midfield position with 96% passing accuracy and also scored an incredible goal to give lead to Arsenal.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles (7/10): Both at offensive and defensive situations, Maitland- Niles looked very intact. He had some close shots on goal and also made some key passes leading to goal chances.
Albert Lokonga (7/10): Lokonga was effectively building up with Lacazette and Aubameyang on attacking front. But the trio failed to convert on multiple occasions.
Bukayo Saka (7/10): Saka was very agile and impressive with the ball. His through runs in Watford defense was outstanding. In the 1st half, he scored an amazing header goal but it was denied due to offside.
Alexandre Lacazette (8/10): In the entire game, Solomon made some very good passes and assists to Saka and Aubameyang for goal scoring and also helped the team during counter attacking situation with great interceptions.
Pierre Aubameyang (5/10): Aubameyang was not in his good rhythm in the entire game. He missed a penalty kick in 1st half and on multiple occasions he had chances but failed to convert.
Martin Odegaard (7/10): After coming in as a substitute for Lacazette, Odegaard looked equally impressive with his touches and build ups with Smith-Rowe and Lokonga. He almost helped Arsenal to score goal but it was denied due to offside.
Mohamed Elneny (N/A)
Gabriel Martinelli (N/A)
Ben Foster (8/10): Foster proved to be a savior for Watford and helped the team to stay in the game. He made 4 saves including a penalty save.
Danny Rose (6/10)- Masina was often finding difficult to stop the build up game by Lacazette and Saka. He looked vulnerable with passing on the field and was often dispossessed by Maitland-Niles.
Craig Cathcart (7/10) – He was sharp on and off the ball at defense. He was involved in some build ups for Watford in late 2nd half.
Nicolas N’Koulou (7/10)- In Watford’s defense, N’Koulou looked the best. He had 91% passing accuracy and also made 7 clearances to dent Arsenal attackers to get in goal scoring positions.
Kiko Femenia ( 6/10)- The defender was excellent with ball possession and build up with Cathcart. The best part of his game play was he won all the tackles against Lacazette and Aubameyang.
Moussa Sissoko (6/10)- Sissoko was sloppy in possession and was hardly able to retain the ball. He had 69% passing accuracy.
Emmauel Dennis (6/10)- A day to forget for Dennis. With only 50% passing accuracy, he was unable to dent Arsenal defense and was unable to creating attacking build ups.
Ozan Tufan (6/10) – Ozan was struggling with passing right from the start of the game and he was often intercepted and tracked down by Ben White easily.
Juraj Kucka (5/10)- In the midfield, Kucka looked very attacking and agile to create chances. But a harsh challenge on Tavares got him red card. This left Ranieri’s team to 10 men in final minutes of the game.
Ismaila Sarr (6/10)- Sarr was unable to capitalize on attacking build ups by Kucka, Sissoko and Dennis. He had only 69% passing accuracy and was often loosing the ball possession.
Joshua King (9/10)- Joshua King struggled throughout the game with positioning and passing. In majority of the game, his passes were tracked down and also couldn’t build up a partnership with the midfielders.
Joao Pedro (7/10): Pedro replaced struggling Ozan and he made some good passesto Dennis and Sarr. He also looked very efficient in running through Arsenal defense.
Juan Hernandez (7/10): In the 2nd half, Hernandez came in for Dennis and he made some great runs. This tactical substitution helped Watdford get more penetration in Arsenal defense.
Ashley Fletcher (N/A)