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Emile Smith Rowe’s second-half goal was enough to give us victory in Mikel Arteta’s 100th game in charge.

We had to work hard for all three points though, after a missed penalty in the first half and disallowed goals either side of the break.

After a minute’s silence ahead of Remembrance Sunday next week, we made a promising start at the Emirates.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles was the only change to the side that beat Leicester last weekend, replacing the injured Thomas Partey in midfield. And his clever pass to Alexandre Lacazette inside the box led to us having the ball in the net after just seven minutes, but it was ruled out by VAR.

Lacazette’s lob found Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, from him the ball bobbled to Bukayo Saka, but replays clearly showed his was offside as he stroked home.

The game became scrappy for a while after that, with neither side taking control.

There were more yellow cards than shots in the opening half hour – two apiece – and it was a foul in the area that gave us a golden opportunity to take the lead.

Lacazette was taken out in the box by Danny Rose, only for Aubameyang to see his spot kick saved by Ben Foster, who also gobbled up the rebound.

Late in the half Foster also denied Gabriel well with his legs, when the big defender got his head to an inswinging Saka corner.

The second half started in similar fashion, with both sides picking up more bookings before we eventually made the breakthrough.

Ben White took control, surged forward towards the area before the ball fell to Smith Rowe just outside the box. His low shot found the corner, with Watford players appealing for a foul on Moussa Sissoko.

The goal was given though, and Smith Rowe had scored for the third Premier League game running.

We had another goal disallowed, when Aubameyang sliding in on the line to get the final touch to a Martin Odegaard shot, but the flag was quickly raised. The frustration was that it appeared as though Odegaard’s shot may have gone in without Aubameyang’s touch.

Watford were not laying down and began to put us under more pressure in the closing stages.

There was a real scare when Josh King rounded Ramsdale outside the area, found himself with an open goal but shot into the side netting.

Juraj Kucka was sent off late on for the visitors, for a second bookable offence, and then Sambi Lokonga could have sealed it with a piledriver in injury time, but Foster batted it away.

1-0 to the Arsenal it was though, enough to lift us to fifth place before in the international hiatus.

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Huy Nguyễn says:

People are just TOO QUICK to forget what Auba did games ago, all the SLICK FLICKS he did back in the Derby and Villa were so important and glorious not to mention the only goal difference against Norwich. His worst game? Yes. But hey, no one stays sharp forever. However, personally, I hope he learnt about his current form to improve and keep practicing to maintain the good form. In the end, we had SO MUCH bad luck in this game BUT we still managed to get 3 points. It is STILL a cause that is worth celebration.

Amarü Shakůř says:

Arsenal nih bos senggol dong

Matt Hardy says:

Should have been 4-0

Bjorn Robbetze says:

Why was the first goal offside ? There's a defender on the line ?

Hanam Ken says:

Dần dần pháo sẽ lại nổ vang . Cố lên nào các chàng trai

Nikola Breka says:

Why is this 0:27 off-side? Sorry I cannot see it. maybe Im missing something?

Malsawmkima Khawlhring says:

How is the first goal an offside?

Roshan Thapa says:

Do it against Liverpool at anfield.- man utd fan


Pliss put Bayern Munchen to EPL for beat arsenal

Faisal Anwar says:

We will be champion!

sleepysvmmer says:

Who say Arteta Out?

Amanda hijab real says:

Buy bisaouma and Antonio ..

Daniel says:

Honest question: why was Saka's goal ruled offside?

Brett Mostert says:

Auba should have listened to Ben foster speak about Mo Salah. He does his homework on players, Auba should have gone the other way 🙂

deep mello says:

point yg terasa renyah

kriuk.. kriukkk

Andulile Mwakihabha says:

Smith Rowe 🙌🏼

Iamadumbfool says:

Why was the saka goal offside?

Siti I sya says:

Arsenal 💪

Zaynab Nosirova says:

Arsenal 💪💪💪💪💪👏👏👏

Ash Fernandes says:

That penalty should not have been awarded.

Jaybayl 110 says:

Poor game from auba today

Mishael Julian says:

I feel sad for these youngsters, they can't play champions league football

Adam Wang Abd says:

Against Watford still 1-0….the lad play better than you guys

Sam Wong says:

Compared w MU , Arsenal s more powerful n energetic
Ps as said b4, dunt sack Arteta n renew conrtact w Luca

Nordic Gaming says:

Can someone explain to me how and why the first goal is offside? I don't see it.

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