Arsenal were the victims of a dodgy penalty and an injury-time winner as they threw away a 1-0 lead to lose 2-1 away at Watford.

Per Mertesacker headed Arsenal in front from a corner on 39 minutes, but the second half played out in disastrous fashion for Arsene Wenger’s side.

Minutes after Mesut Ozil had missed a huge chance for 2-0, Richarlison clearly dived to win a penalty which Troy Deeney tucked away on 71 minutes. As Arsenal timidly tried to close the game down, Tom Cleverley struck in injury time to move Watford, not Arsenal, fourth.


For just over an hour this looked like an efficient and professional away performance from Arsenal — unspectacular, admittedly, but effective. It all unravelled from there.


The result, clearly, and the nature of the performance in the second half, which bordered on insipid at times. Arsenal lacked quality in the final third and looked utterly unconvincing as they attempted to manage the game towards the end. Oh, and injuries to Danny Welbeck and Laurent Koscielny.


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