Arsenal 1-0 Watford: Emile Smith Rowe scores in third consecutive Premier League game

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Three consecutive Premier League appearances by Arsenal have seen only three players younger than 21 years old (Nicolas Anelka and Jose Antonio Reyes, Cesc Fabregas).

Emile Smith Rowe scored in Arsenal's third consecutive Premier League match, beating Watford in Mikel Arteta’s 100th match.

Smith Rowe, in good form, scored the 100th league goal during Arteta’s tenure by scoring a low drive outside the box at 56 minutes.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Gunners captain, had a penalty saved by Ben Foster in the first half after a poor challenge on Alexandre Lacazette by Danny Rose - and Gabriel's header was stopped by Foster shortly before half-time.

Watford received an early warning when Bukayo Sacha's eighth-minute goal was ruled out by Emirates Stadium for offside.

Although the Hornets did not make their first attempt until the 40th minute, Joshua King missed the opportunity to score a late point. He shot into the side-netting after pouncing upon a mix-up between Ben White and Aaron Ramsdale.

Juraj Kucka was sent off for a second yellow card in the closing stages. Claudio Ranieri's team finished 17th, two places above the relegation places.

Arsenal has won six of eight Premier League matches, moving up to fifth place, level with West Ham fourth.

Arsenal continues to gain momentum

After a disappointing start, Arsenal appears to be reaping the benefits of standing by Arteta at the end.

Despite finishing eighth last term, three consecutive defeats followed at the beginning of the season. However, the Gunners are unbeaten in 10 matches across all competitions and have great momentum heading into the international break.

Aubameyang had a difficult afternoon. He should have scored the first goal prior to Saka's disallowed goal. However, Saka was able to save his spot-kick after Rose had annihilated Lacazette.

Ainsley Maitland -Niles made his second league appearance of the season, replacing Thomas Partey. Saka was a constant nag to Rose as Saka dominated the midfield.

It took a moment of excellence from Smith Rowe in order to overcome Watford's resistance. The England Under-21 international, who was omitted from Gareth Southgate’s most recent senior squad, now has five goals from his eight games in all competitions.

Aubameyang was adjudged offside when he attempted to get a kick to Martin Odegaard’s goal-bound shot. The Gunners could not extend their lead, but the hosts were seldom troubled at the back.

After 85 minutes, Kucka's long range effort was Watford's only attempt at the goal. Ranieri's side felt annoyed at Smith Rowe's eventual winner after the Hornets had stopped play due to injury.

After the international break, things are not easy for the struggling Italian side, with fixtures against Manchester United and Chelsea, Manchester City, Leicester City, Chelsea, and Manchester City.

Smith Rowe Emile Smith Rowe was the player of the match with an average score of 8.09 Arsenal Arsenal Arsenal

Watford Watford Watford Arsenal Avg Squad number 10 Player name Smith Rowe Average rating 8.09 Squad number 7 Player name Saka Average rating 7.55 Squad number 4 Player name White Average rating 7.36 Squad number 8 Player name degaard Average rating 7.25 Squad number 9 Player name Lacazette Average rating 7.22 Squad number 6 Player name Gabriel Magalhes Average rating 7.21 Squad number 32 Player name Ramsdale Average rating 7.17 Squad number 15 Player name Maitland-Niles Average rating 7.16 Squad number 18 Player name Tomiyasu Average rating 7.15 Squad number 20 Player name Nuno Tavares Average rating 7.12 Squad number 23 Player name Sambi Lokonga Average rating 6.97 Squad number 35 Player name Gabriel Martinelli Average rating 6.83 Squad number 25 Player name Mohamed Elneny Average rating 6.62 Squad number 14 Player name Aubameyang Average rating 5.32 Watford Avg Squad number 1 Player name Foster Average rating 7.70 Squad number 23 Player name Sarr Average rating 5.36 Squad number 7 Player name King Average rating 5.11 Squad number 25 Player name Dennis Average rating 5.02 Squad number 15 Player name Cathcart Average rating 4.95 Squad number 13 Player name Nkoulou Average rating 4.94 Squad number 19 Player name Sissoko Average rating 4.93 Squad number 21 Player name Kiko Femena Average rating 4.92 Squad number 18 Player name Tufan Average rating 4.71 Squad number 33 Player name Kucka Average rating 4.59 Squad number 10 Player name Joo Pedro Average rating 4.44 Squad number 29 Player name Cucho Hernndez Average rating 4.31 Squad number 17 Player name Fletcher Average rating 4.21 Squad number 3 Player name Rose Average rating 4.07


Match Stats

Live Text Line-ups Arsenal Formation 4-4-1-1 32 Ramsdale 18 Tomiyasu 4 White 6 Gabriel 20 Varela Tavares 7 Saka 23 Sambi Lokonga 15 Maitland-Niles 10 Smith Rowe 9 Lacazette 14 Aubameyang 32 Ramsdale

18 Tomiyasu booked at 30mins

4 White

6 Gabriel Booked in 80 Mins

20 Varela Tavares

7 Saka Substituted to Martinelli at 90+3' Minutes

23 Sambi Lokonga Booked at 20mins

15 Maitland-Niles

Elneny Substituted by 10 Smith Rowe at 86' Minutes

9 Lacazette Substituted for degaard at 69' minutes

14 Aubameyang Booked at 52mins Substitutes 1 Leno

3 Tierney

8 degaard

16 Holdings

17 Cdric Soares

19 pp

25 Elneny

30 Nketiah

35 Martinelli Watford Formation 4-1-4-1 1 Foster 21 Femena 15 Cathcart 13 Nkoulou 3 Rose 19 Sissoko 23 Sarr 33 Kucka 18 Tufan 25 Dennis 7 King 1 Foster

21 Femena

Fletcher Substituted by 15 Cathcart at 90+4' Minutes

13 Nkoulou

3 Roses

19 Sissoko Booked in 54 Minutes

23 Sarr

33 Kucka Booked at 89mins

Joo Pedro Substituted by 18 Tufan at 62' Minutes

25 Dennis Substituted for Hernndez Surez at 74' minutes

7 King Booked in 10 Minutes Substitutes 2 Ngakia

5 Troost-Ekong

8 Cleverley

10 Joo Pedro

11 Masina

17 Fletcher

26 Bachmann

29 Hernndez Surez

31 Sierralta Referee Kevin Friend Attendance : 59.833 Match Stats Live text Post update Match ends at Arsenal 1, Watford 0. Full Time Second half ends, Arsenal 1, Watford 0. Post update Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal), wins a free kick from the right wing. Post update Foul by Moussa Soko (Watford). After update: Attempt blocked. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Arsenal's left footed shot is blocked from outside the box. Mohamed Elneny assisted. Watford Substitution Substitution Ashley Fletcher replaces Craig Cathcart. Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Gabriel Martinelli replaces Bukayo Saka. Post update Offside Watford. Joshua King attempts a through ball but Ismaila Sarr gets him offside. Post-update: Attempt saved. Albert Sambi Lokonga, Arsenal's right-footed shot from the outside of the box is saved in top centre. Mohamed Elneny assisted. Post update Attempt missed. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's (Arsenal), header from the middle of the box is close but misses to its left. Bukayo Saka assisted with a cross after a corner. Update: Attempt blocked. Martin degaard (Arsenal), left footed shot taken from outside the box is stopped. Post update Corner, Arsenal. Moussa Sisoko concedes. Dismissal Juraj Kucka (Watford), for a second yellow card, Post update Nuno Tvares (Arsenal), wins a free kick during the attacking half. Foul by Juraj Kraka (Watford) after the update Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Emile Smith Rowe is replaced by Mohamed Elneny. Post update Attempt missed. Joshua King (Watford), right-footed shot from a challenging angle. The long range on the left is very close but it misses to its left. Danny Rose assisted. Post-update: Attempt saved. Juraj Kucka (Watford), right footed shot of more than 35 yards. It is saved in the middle of the goal. Nicolas Nkoulou assisted. Post-update: Attempt blocked. Joshua King (Watford), left footed shot from centre box blocked Cucho Hernndez assisted with a cross. Post-update Gabriel Magalhes (Arsenal), wins a free kick at the defensive end. Page 1 of 6 Rewind Previous Navigate to Next Navigate To The Last Page Forward