Iwobi Scores, Assists; Ighalo Struggles As Arsenal Pound Watford

Iwobi Scores, Assists; Ighalo Struggles As Arsenal Pound Watford

By James Agberebi:

Nigeria forward Alex Iwobi scored his second goal in his second start and had an assist as Arsenal defeated Watford 4-0 in their Premier League clash at the Emirates on Saturday.

Alexis Sanchez and Hector Bellerin and Theo Walcott were the other scorers for Arsenal.

In action for Watford was their leading scorer, Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo, who had a disappointing game and continued his long Premier League scoreless spell.

Arsenal came close to scoring the opener in the third minute following a cross from Sanchez but Craig Carthcart headed away.

But a minute later Arsenal took the lead through Alexis Sanchez off Iwobi’s assist.

On eight minutes Arsenal came close to doubling the lead through Nacho Monreal after Sanchez’ s cross but he headed over the bar.

In the 13th minute Danny Welbeck had a chance after an Arsenal break away but hit a lame shot.

Iwobi had a chance in the 13th minute but Heurelho Gomes parried over the bar for a corner.

A minute later welbeck saw his shot off a Mezut Ozil assist deflected for a corner.

Troy Deeney had Watford’s first chance in the 18th minute but his header didn’t trouble David Ospina.

In the 24th minute Gomes palmed away to corner Sanchez free-kick.

Carthcart made a timely block off a Welbeck cross in the 30th minute.

A minute later Ighalo had a chance after turning his marker but Hector Bellerin cleared the danger.

Iwobi made it 2-0 for Arsenal in the 38th minute, pouncing unto a Sanchez cutback.

In the 41st minute Etienne Capoue was replaced by Ikechi Anya.

On the stroke of half time, Iwobi saw his straight shot well saved by Gomes.

Watford made their second change before the start of the second half, bringing on Nordin Amrabat for Ighalo.

In the 48th minute Bellerin scored Arsenal’s third after his left-foot strike deflected off Ben Watson.

Iwobi came close to grabbing his brace in the 50th minute but his left-foot shot hit the cross bar before Ozil saw his rebound miss the target.

Ozil had a chance in the 53rd minute after he was put through but Gomes made a block.

Monreal made a goal line clearance in the 57th minute off Sebastian Proedl header, while Nathan Ake’s left shot went wide.

In the 69th minute Olivier Giroud went in for Welbeck while Almen Abdi was replaced by Adlene Guedioura.

Ospina made a smart save in the 70th minute, parrying away Deeney’s well taken curler.

Giroud had his first opportunity in the 72nd minute, after heading an Ozil’s corner which Gomes held.

In the 73rd minute Iwobi was replaced by Theo Walcott.

Arsenal made their final change as Sanchez was substituted for Joel Campbell in the 79th minute.

In the 85th minute Guedioura’s low strike from a free-kick took a slight deflection before going off for a corner.

Giroud almost made it 4-0 but couldn’t connect with Campbell’s pass which Gomes claimed.

Deeney had a chance to make it 3-1 but failed to get a strong head unto Anya’s knock back.

On the dot of 90 minute, Walcott scored Arsenal’s fourth, sliding a left-foot strike off a Campbell assist.

The win sees Arsenal maintain third spot and eight points behind leaders Leicester who entertain Southampton on Sunday.