Alex Iwobi made his 30th Premier League for Arsenal who moved back into the top four following a 1-0 win away at Isaac Success’ Watford on Monday reports Completesports.com.
The game was Iwobi’s first start in his last four games for the Gunners.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored in the 10th minute diverting in Fraser Foster’s poor clearance into his net to hand Arsenal a vital win over ten-man Watford.
The win was Arsenal’s second win in their last seven away league games
Troy Deeney was sent off a minute after Aubameyang’s goal. Deeney’s received his marching orders after his elbow caught Lucas Torreira in the face.
It was the second time Deeney was sent off in the Premier League and for the first time since December 2017 against Huddersfield.
Despite playing with 10 men for 80 minutes, Watford offered the far greater threat, forcing Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno into a number of excellent saves in the first half and hitting the bar through Adam Masina’s powerful drive from distance in the second half.
The German denied Craig Cathcart well with his feet shortly after Deeney’s red card – and later in the first half dived at full stretch to tip away Etienne Capoue’s goalbound free-kick.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles also produced a crucial block with 10 minutes remaining when he slid in to block Andre Gray’s shot after the Watford striker had rounded Leno.
The visitors’ only real chance came midway through the second half but Foster brilliantly spread himself to block Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s volley from close range.
The Gunners were well below their best but the rare away win could prove crucial in the race to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
They climb two places to fourth in the table, two points clear of Manchester United and ahead of Chelsea on goal difference.
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