Arsenal 1 Watford 2 – Things Learned and Key Talking Points


Arsenal’s miserable March continued after they were knocked out of the FA Cup by an inspiring Watford side. Goals from Odion Ighalo and Adlene Guedioura sealed Watford’s first win against Arsenal in over 28 years and sixth ever FA Cup semifinal appearance.

The defeat has put huge pressure on Arsene Wenger and his job at Arsenal. Prior to the game, few fans had started to raise their voice against Wenger, and now with a defeat like this, one can only imagine what would be the reaction from those very fans.

On the wake of this stunning result, we take a look at things learned and key talking points from Watford’s historic win at the Emirates.

Arsenal did not turn up for first 85 minutes

It was almost felt like watching Arsenal in a slow motion video. The slow passing and movement from the Gunners allowed Watford to get back in their shape and defend with ease. It was until Danny Welbeck’s goal that Arsenal started playing with some fire and precision. In the end, it was too little too late as they ended up getting knocked out of their annual savoring point.

Credit to Watford and their hard work by the players

While all the stories will be about how Arsenal bottled it once again and how Wenger is to be blamed, but Watford players and their amazing effort on the day deserves a recognition. They kept running up and down throughout the 90 minutes. Every time they ventured forward, they looked like scoring and while defending, they put their bodies on the line.

Arsene Wenger did his best tonight, he should not to be blamed

Arsenal boss sent out his best possible starting XI with an intent to win the game. Wenger is facing the same issue Louis Van Gaal has been suffering at Manchester United, where players are playing poorly but the manager gets all the blame. Will he survive the loss vs. Watford? We can only wait and see in coming weeks.

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