Published: Thu, September 19, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Leno: 'Arsenal must stick with risky style despite Watford draw'

Leno: 'Arsenal must stick with risky style despite Watford draw'

"We knew that they were going to try and come back with good intentions, of the kind they demonstrated in the second half".

However the second half was a completely different as Arsenal allowed the home side to have 23 shots in 45 minutes, 31 in the whole game, and earn a point.

Tom Cleverley halved the deficit after pouncing on the mistake from Sokratis Papasthathopoulos who gave the ball away on the edge of the box.

As a team, Arsenal's collective brain deserted them in the second half.

"I think that I cost the game for the team", Sokratis said.

Football television pundit and former footballer and manager Paul Merson faults Unai Emery for the Arsenal's downfall against Watford.

'It was very frustrating because we controlled the game but also in the first half, you could see that we made two easy mistakes and then at the end we conceded two goals from these kind of mistakes and we were lucky we didn't lose this game'.

Instead of playing the ball out of unsafe areas they tried to play short goal kicks time and time again and were caught in possession on several occasions.

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The Gabon global scored a brace in the 21st and 32nd minute to put the Gunners in the advantage position at Vicarage Road in the first half.

'He wants to be positive and he said we will analyse this game with time.

Ozil initially struggled to settle as Watford started the brighter with Cleverley's rising drive forcing Bernd Leno into a fine save before Jose Holebas fired horribly off-target with a great chance from the edge of the area. He was called into action early on following a flurry of Watford attacks.

After the game, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang expressed his disappointment to reporters as he was livid with the goals conceded by Arsenal.

The Arsenal was in total control at half-time leading the game 2-0. Ainsley Maitland-Niles played a simple pass into Aubameyang who yet again found the back of the net.

Arsenal were their own worst enemies on Sunday. And it was Watford who came closest to winning the contest too through Abdoulaye Doucoure.

'Sometimes these players think they're one thing particular and received't be closed down - it's pathetic.

For some of these Arsenal supporters, they have seen enough.

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