Stoppage-time goal lifts Watford past Arsenal

Arsenal Carlo Ancelotti

Per Mertesacker's first Premier League goal in 1,400 days had given Arsene Wenger's side the platform to maintain their recent surge.

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.

Arsenal's last away game was a 0-0 draw against Champions Chelsea, however the Gunners are still yet to get a win on their travels in the Premier League.

A better side would have scored more before the penalty incident and also defended better afterwards. We have to have more confidence about our game.

They indeed took the lead with minutes to go until the break, as Per Mertesacker easily rose above Cleverley to power home a header.

Martin Keown has slammed Mesut Ozil for not being ruthless enough and costing Arsenal all three points in their defeat at Watford.

Both Aaron Ramsey and Sanchez were left out completely due to fatigue, with Ozil only named on a strong Arsenal bench.

It was Arsenal who nearly scored straight away however, with Ozil setting up Iwobi, who was denied by the fingertips of Gomes.

Arsenal come into Saturday's clash in impressive form.

It proved crucial as 32 seconds later Bellerin was adjudged to have bundled Richarlison over in the box at the other end by referee Neil Swarbrick. Subs: Troy Deeney (for Gray, 62) 8, Andre Carrillo (for Mariappa, 62) 7, Etienne Capoue (for Pereyra, 80) 6.Arsenal: Petr Cech 6, Laurent Koscielny 6, Per Mertesacker 7, Nacho Monreal 7, Hector Bellerin 5, Mohamed Elneny 6, Granit Xhaka 6, Sead Kolasinac 5, Alex Iwobi 6, Danny Welbeck 6, Alexandre Lacazette 6.

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