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Watford v Arsenal - As it happened

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Watford v Arsenal, Premier League, Matchday 34, 15/04/2019, official lineups. BESOCCER

Watford v Arsenal - As it happened

Tom Master by Tom Master @besoccer_com - 0 +10k

Join us for this Premier League clash between Watford and Arsenal at Vicarage Road.

Thank you for joining us and hopefully see you soon! There are some rather big matches this week...
FT: Watford 0-1 Arsenal. Arsenal come through and get an away win! It was absolutely gifted to them but 3 points is 3 points. Much of the post match discussion will ne surrounding whether or not it was indeed a red card to Troy Deeney, but that is immaterial, the fact is Arsenal have scraped a victory and rise up to 4th.
3 minutes of added time.
Aubameyang could have ended the game there, and probably should've ended the game! A poor miss means Watford still have a chance.
Sema comes on for Masina.
CLOSE! Another Watford chance and this time it's Will Hughes who spurns it, wuth a header over the bar, interesting last 5 minutes to come here at Vicarage road...
THAT IS A HUGE CHANCE! Andre Gray has had a poor game and his first touch has really let him down there, a great challenge by Maitland-Niles but Gray shouldn't have had to go round the keeper.
Arsenal have now had 18 efforts on goal but have only managed to put one in the back of the net and that was a total gift, they should have scored a couple more in the second half but Watford are still in this game.
Watford have struggled to get a good cross in and are suffering as a result, meanwhile, Arsenal have a fantastic chance through Aubameyang but he cannot deliver and heads over the bar!
Ainsley Maitland-Niles is brought on for Aaron Ramsey.
Gray gets the ball on the edge of the area and just looks to pull away but loses control of the ball and it dribbles out of play, what a chance that could have been...
WHAT A GOAL THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN! Adam Masina hits it from 30 yards out and it looked to be just creeping in, ends up hitting the crossbar, that would have been a goal of the season contender!
Mkhitaryan is finding plenty of space on the right hand side, but that is absolutely shocking again, this one just about stays in Watford.
A substitution each: Arsenal bring Matteo Guendouzi on for Mavopanos, whilst Watford bring on Isaac Success for Kiko Femenia.
That is really poor from Mkhitaryan, he is totally unmarked and the ball is perfectly to his feet, but he hits it straight at Ben Foster and its still 0-1 somehow.
Etienne Capoue is booked for his challenge on Henrik Mkhitaryan
Arsenal with all the ball so far in the second half, yet to really have a threatening chance though.
Arsenal substitution: Lucas Torreira is replaced by Mesut Ozil.
HT: Watford 0-1 Arsenal. An absolutely enthralling half comes to an end at Vicarage road, Watford have genuinely been the better side, but have full on gifted Arsenal both the lead and control of the match with Foster's howler and Deeney's red card, the second half will be interesting,
1 minute of stoppage time.
Granit Xhaka has an effort from outside the box dribble into the hands of Ben Foster, Arsenal are in the lead after a howler from Foster but they haven't created anything of their own at all.
Arsenal have unsurprisingly had 65% possession so far, but a lot of that has been in their own half, and with Troy Deeney off, there is not much pressing from the home side.
Watford look dangerous once again but in the end it is an Arsenal free kick after Kabasele kicks the head of Skhodran Mustafi when going for the ball.
That was fantastic from Doucoure with a little flick over the head of Mustafi, the pass isn't great but that is because Andre Gray was offside...
Daryll Janmaat makes a shocking challenge on Alex Iwobi, not a bad tackle, just shocking how bad the timing was by the Dutchman.
AND HIT THEM HE DOES! A good effort by the Frenchman that is well saved by Bernd Leno, Unai Emery looks worried though, as he should because Arsenal's away record is shocking.
Lucas Torreira brings down Will Hughes in a very inviting area, this is a chance for Watford, Capoue can hit them...
This is an enticing match, very open and lots of chances for both teams, had Deeney still been on the pitch, who knows what the feeling of this game might be.
Arsenal have a counter attacking chance but Alex Iwobi spurns a 3 on one chance and nothing happens from the resulting corner.
Watford are applying pressure here and have now had 5 corners, none have led to a goal yet though although, they've come close.
Andre Gray pushes aside Mustafi and then puts a ball in, Nacho Monreal does brilliantly to prevent what would have been a tap in for Abdoulaye Doucoure.
There's a 50-50 challenge between Torreira and Doucouré and Arsenal win it, this is a heated game at Vicarage Road!
What an effort that was by Cathcart, saved fantastically by Bernd Leno!
Watford must now get themselves back into this tie, they looked superb before the self destruct button was hit and Arsenal have been handed a lead and a man advantage.
Deeney vaguely touched the face of Lucas Torreira and the Arsenal players claim there was a red card, that to me is a very very soft dismissal, Deeney did move his arm slightly towards the face of Torreira but that's never a red card!
WHAT ON EARTH!! Troy Deeney is sent off! What a minute of madness from Watford, Javi Gracia looks stunned, that looks a very soft red card and the fans are not happy with Craig Pawson!
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAL! OH MY WORD! That has come out of nowhere! What a mistake from Ben Foster and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gives Arsenal the lead completely against the run of play!
A very impressive start from Watford who have come out all guns blazing in the first 8 minutes, Arsenal look shaky so far.
Watford have started this tie very very brightly! Arsenal are defensively at 6s and 7s. All Watford so far, but in the end a poor shot from Will Hughes goes wide.
Kick off at Vicarage road!
The teams are out and we're almost live!
So then the connotations of this game. Arsenal are chasing Champions League football, currently sitting in 6th position, a win takes them to 4th. Watford are currently sitting in 10th but could go up to 7th with a win, which is the final Europa League spot.
Meanwhile for Arsenal, Mavropanos starts, with Aubameyang leading the line and Granit Xhaka returning.
So for Watford there are 4 changes: Foster, Kabasele, Janmaat, Masina all in for Gomes, Mariappa, Holebas, Pereyra.
Lineups: Arsenal: Leno; Mustafi, Koscielny, Mavropanos, Nacho Monreal; Mkhitaryan, Torreira, Xhaka, Iwobi, Ramsey; Aubameyang.
Lineups: Watford: Foster; Janmaat, Cathcart, Kabasele, Masina; Hughes, Capoue, Doucoure, Femenia; Deeney, Gray.
Team news will be out shortly as the game begins in 25 minutes!
Hello and good evening, welcome to our live coverage of Watford v Arsenal at Vicarage Road.
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