62′ Deeney’s attempt was poor and Cech kept it out brilliantly. A huge moment in the match!
P. Čech
Penalty Save
62′ SAVE! Petr Cech has FINALLY saved a penalty for Arsenal! Deeney steps-up and tries to beat Cech at his left side but the veteran keeper, in search of his 200th Premier League clean sheet, keeps it out with a strong hand.
61′ PENALTY! Arsenal’s defence falters again as Pereyra is brought to ground by Maitland-Niles, it’s an easy decision for Martin Atkinson to make.
H. Mkhitaryan
59′ Mkhitaryan had been struggling, particularly defensively, but he showed his strengths there with an excellent move.
P. Aubameyang
59′ GOAL! Arsenal relieve the tension! Mkhitaryan picks up on a loose ball and drives forward, poking a well-timed pass through to Aubameyang. The Gunners’ record signing rounds the keeper and slots home, celebrating his third goal since joining the club in January.
57′ CHANCE! Watford play the free-kick short to Capoue, who pings a ball across to Femenia but his cut-back into the six-yard box is deflected behind by Elneny. The resulting corner is taken by Holebas but there’s too much on the ball.
S. Mustafi
Yellow Card
55′ And that in turn leads to the game’s first yellow card, as Richarlison’s surge forward is brought to a premature hault after Mustafi’s foul.
55′ Ozil caught late on the far side, giving him an opportunity to deliver into the area. Arsenal elect to go short though and are struggling to break down an organised Watford line, which is forcing them back towards the halfway mark before giving the ball away.
53′ Watford have shown increased intensity since the restart and it’s earned a response from the travelling supporters. There is very little noise coming from the home fans, excluding the odd groan when Arsenal concede possession.
51′ The match really does have a ‘last day of term’ feel to it, which is odd considering we’re only in the opening weeks of March. This could become a regular scene in north London between now and the end of the season, with Arsenal having all their eggs firmly in the Europa League basket.
49′ It is a better delivery though from Holebas as it flashes across the face of goal, eventually falling kindly for Elneny to hook the ball away. Tensions continue to rise at the Emirates Stadium.
48′ A crucial block from Holding, divering Femenia’s flash shot behind for a corner. Watford have struggled from set-pieces today and will hope to improve this half.
46′ SAVE! Iwobi loses the ball on the edge of the area but it falls kindly to Xhaka, who fires a curling shot from range at Karnezis. It’s fairly comfortable for the Watford stopper, although he has to clatch onto it at the second attempt.
45′ KICK-OFF! Back underway at the Emirates Stadium, where Arsenal have a 1-0 lead and attack to the left in the second period.
Watford have had chances, with Pereyra missing a sitter and Richarlison seeing two decent attempts saved, and Javi Gracia’s side have certainly grown into the game as things have progressed. They will certainly fancy their chances of turning this tie around, with the Gunners looking lazy on the ball towards the end of that half.
Arsenal’s performance has been far too polite, with the Gunners dominating proceedings, taking the lead but then missing key opportunities and then taking their foot off the gas. That lack of ruthlessness has been ever-present from the Gunners this season and it’s seen the nervy atmopshere at the Emirates Stadium remain.
HALF TIME! Arsenal have the lead at the Emirates Stadium thanks to Shkodran Mustafi’s early header but the game is certainly not over, with the Gunners sinking away as the first period dragged on. Watford will be encouraged by what they’ve seen as there is certainly a passage back into the game lying in front of them.
45′ + 2′ SAVE! Watford with a very good attacking move after Iwobi’s poor clearance, which leads to Richarlison forcing Cech into a solid save with a header towards the left-post of the Czech stopper. 
45′ + 1′ TWO minutes of added time to end the first half.
45′ It’s all far too casual from Arsenal at the moment and they’re not really sending the sort of statement they would have wanted with this performance. If I was AC Milan watching this, I’d be encouraged about the chances of turning the tie around on Thursday.
43′ Arsenal need to kick themselves into gear again. Watford have enjoyed 60% of possession during the past ten minutes and the Gunners have lost their edge with the ball. It’s the sort of problem we’ve become accustomed to seeing from Arsenal this season and a second goal is desperately needed.
41′ CHANCE! Almost an own goal! Watford work a corner very well and Holding diverts the ball just over Petr Cech’s bar, with the following set-piece coming to nothing.
40′ Arsenal really struggling to clear their lines, with Mkhitaryan misplacing a number of passes within his half, and you can hear the nerves amongst the home supporters. The hosts really look intimidated when Watford are running at them.
38′ Crucial interception from Maitland-Niles as he pounces on Richarlison’s through ball that was intended for Pereyra, after Watford hit on the counter. Arsenal were in a dangerous position but Iwobi seemed to see the ball get stuck under his feet.
36′ The match is still balanced on a knife edge and the next goal will likely be decisive. I certainly don’t expect this to finish 1-0 and Arsenal need to improve if they’re to end their long run without a clean sheet.
34′ Still a fairly quiet atmosphere at the Emirates Stadium, with nerves certainly present. Another goal before the break could relieve the pressure but Wenger’s side have started to slip in the past ten minutes or so.
32′ Amidst that, Holding and Deeney exchange some choice words. It’s not clear exactly what’s gone on but Ozil has remained on the field for now. It’s something to keep an eye on though, especially with the huge clash against AC Milan on the horizon.
31′ Now this is not good at all for Arsenal. Ozil, with no one around him, kicks the ball out of play and goes to ground in discomfort. 
30′ Arsenal could, and probably should, be out of sight here. Karnezis has made two crucial saves to deny Aubameyang and Ozil respectively, which has kept the Hornets in the game. The Gunners may be made to rue those missed opportunities though.
28′ STAT: Decent statistic from Opta here, as Ozil has became the fastest player in Premier League history to reach 50 assists in the competition. He’s achieved that margin in 141 games, beating the previous record of 143 held by Eric Cantona.
27′ SAVE! Ozil has been the starring light for Arsenal so far today and he’s almost got his name on the scoresheet. The German World Cup winners dances through the Watford defence but is thwarted by Karnezis, who makes a superb stop with his leg.
26′ CHANCE! Free-kick in a decent area for Watford after Xhaka concedes a foul and it allows Richarlison to go for goal. Cech parries it away down low but it’s not the best of saves, with the ball dropping straight to Pereyra. However, he fires way over the bar and wastes a golden opportunity.
24′ A sloppy period for Arsenal, who have lost the ball too easily on a number of occasions, and it continues what has been an issue for the Gunners this season. You never really see them with a ruthless approach to a game, instead they seem to hit their comfort zone and drop the presure- then losing control of the game.
22′ Arsenal look comfortable on the ball but when they’re without it, the Gunners continue to look like a rabbit caught in the headlights. There’s a real lack of control on their defensive line.
21′ STAT: Shkodran Mustafi has scored five times for Arsenal and four of those have been at the Emirates Stadium. Home comforts!
19′ CHANCE! It’s all Arsenal here, as Iwobi picks up the ball on the edge of the box on the far side and aims for the top corner. However, it flies over the bar.
17′ CHANCE! Arsenal flowong brilliantly in the final third, with Elneny playing a seeking ball through to Kolasinac who drives a low shot across the face of goal. Aubameyang is there with a touch but there was too much on the initial pass, meaning it goes behind for a goal-kick.
16′ Short break in play as Richarlison receives treatment after an accidental coming together with Elneny in the middle of the field. 
14′ Arsenal have plenty of runners in the final third but do look rather frail in defence, with the back-four today certainly not standing out as first choice. It’s a big game for Holding and Maitland-Niles in particular, as they seek to prove their worth.
12′ SAVE! Arsenal’s defence is exposed as Watford search forward, with Pereyra floating a long ball over the top to Richarlison. He cuts back and tees the ball off to Doucoure, who sees his strike saved by the feet of Cech.
10′ Work certainly not done for Arsenal though, as they had the lead at Vicarage Road before losing 2-1, and the Hornets earn themselves two corners in quick succession here. However, they both come to nothing- with the second delivery from Holebas landing on the roof of Cech’s net.
8′ GOAL! The perfect start for Arsenal! Ozil whips a free-kick from the far side into the danger area, where Mustafi slips his marker and has a comfortable header. It’s the Gunners 1000th in the Premier League at home, so it’s also a bit of history for the German defender.
6′ Watford’s first chance comes down the left as Richarlison, searching for a goal that will end his 19-match barren run, slices a shot wide of Cech’s near post after being fed the ball by Pereyra. 
5′ Arsenal starting on the front foot, with Maitland-Niles showing a willingness to surge forward down the right. Ozil is already popping up in a number of holes, which could be crucial to finding a breakthrough after his stellar performance at the San Siro saw him assist both of the Gunners’ goals.
3′ CHANCE! Arsenal get the first opportunity as Ozil weighs a through ball to Aubameyang, who sees his low shot saved by Karnezis one-on-one. Mkhitaryan takes the resulting corner but it comes to nothing.
2′ Plenty of empty seats at the Emirates Stadium, with the absence of many supporters showing just how the fans feel at the moment- although you have the feeling it will be packed for the visit of Milan on Thursday.
1′ KICK-OFF! Here we go then, as Watford get us underway at the Emirates Stadium and attack to the left in the first half.


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