Watford vs Arsenal LIVE: Premier League updates – Odegaard and Saka goals put Gunners in control


Arsenal stars train at Emirates before Watford test

Arsenal know that three points at Vicarage Road today could be enough to move them into the top four ahead of the Manchester derby later this afternoon.

Mikel Arteta’s men take are unbeaten in their last four Premier League matches and have won three in a row putting them within two points of fourth-placed Manchester United with three games in hand.

Of the four teams fighting to make it into the Champions League spots, the Gunners seem to have built up the best momentum by having a fairly settled squad and grinding out results when they haven’t played well. Emile Smith Rowe is expected to return to the squad for today’s match against Watford – after sitting out Thursday’s win against Wolves through illness – and his inclusion only strengthens Arteta’s side.

By contrast, Watford are fighting to get themselves out of the relegation zone. They head into the game one place off the bottom of the table but only three points from safety. They’ll take heart from a well-fought goalless draw against Manchester United last time out and will hope a repeat performance today.

Follow the live Premier League action of Arsenal versus Watford below:

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Watford 1 – 2 Arsenal

45 mins: Watford defend the corner well enough but Arsenal recover the ball quickly again. The visitors are taking full control of the game now after Watford’s bright start. Two added minutes to play before the break.

Michael Jones6 March 2022 14:47

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Watford 1 – 2 Arsenal

42 mins: Close! Kieran Tierney brings the ball down the left wing and passes it up to Granit Xhaka. He flicks the ball inside to Thomas Partey who threads a pass into the box for Gabriel Martinelli. Martinelli opens up half a yard and shoots but Craig Cathcart is there to block the ball behind for a corner.

Michael Jones6 March 2022 14:46

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Watford 1 – 2 Arsenal

39 mins: Louza is definitely pumped up out there. Partey fires a pass into Xhaka who can’t bring the ball under control. It comes loose to Louza who is challenged almost immediately by Xhaka and fouled in the middle of the pitch. He gives the Arsenal man and heavy shove to move him away from the ball so that Watford can take a quick free kick.

Michael Jones6 March 2022 14:43

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Watford 1 – 2 Arsenal

36 mins: Imran Louza fouls Alexandre Lacazette and gives the Arsenal captain a few verbals for going to ground. A sign of frustration from the Watford players perhaps?

Michael Jones6 March 2022 14:41

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Watford 1 – 2 Arsenal

33 mins: Two shots on target from Arsenal, two goals scored. They’ve been clinical today and that’s why they’re in front. Watford have shown that they’ve got something about them today though and they won’t think they’re out of this game just yet.

Michael Jones6 March 2022 14:36

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GOAL! Watford 1 – 2 Arsenal (Saka, 30’)⚽️

30 mins: Beautiful goal! Bukayo Saka nicks the ball off Tom Cleverly deep in Watford’s half and passes it up to Alexandre Lacazette in the box. The Arsenal forward lays it off with a backheel flick and Saka runs onto the ball and laces it into the back of the net! Great goal from the Gunners.

Michael Jones6 March 2022 14:33

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Watford 1 – 1 Arsenal

27 mins: Emmanuel Dennis has been top quality for Watford so far. He’s causing big problems for Arsenal’s back line. Watford are looking good here. Can they get another goal?

Michael Jones6 March 2022 14:31

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Watford 1 – 1 Arsenal

24 mins: The free kick comes to nothing as Imran Louza knocks it straight into the arms of Aaron Ramsdale. Gabriel then boots the ball down the pitch and gives it back to the home side. Sissoko drives it forward down the inside right before passing the ball wide to Emmanuel Dennis. He drives into the box, cuts onto his left foot and shoots forcing Ramsdale into a low diving stop to his right. The Arsenal goalkeeper fumbles the ball and Joao Pedro almost capitalises on the mistake but Cedric beats him to the loose ball and pokes it away!

Michael Jones6 March 2022 14:28

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Watford 1 – 1 Arsenal

21 mins: It’s been very good and open game over these opening 20 minutes or so. The teams have gone toe-to-toe with each other creating chances at both ends of the pitch.

Watford defend a long throw into the box from Thomas Partey and work the ball down the inside left channel before switching it out to the opposite wing. Moussa Sissoko gives it Joao Pedro who leans on Gabriel and wins a free kick just outside the Arsenal box.

Michael Jones6 March 2022 14:25

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Watford 1 – 1 Arsenal

18 mins: Chance! Arsenal whip a cross in from the right wing but Hernandez is back in his own box to head the ball away for Watford. Granit Xhaka keeps the move alive for Arsenal by pressing up the pitch and recovering the ball on the front edge of the box before laying it off to Thomas Partey. He rolls the ball onto his left-foot and curls a decent effort towards the left-hand post but knocks it just wide of the target!

Michael Jones6 March 2022 14:20


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