Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was still not completely happy and satisfied despite his side coming out on top in the 3-2 thriller over Watford in the Premier League.
The game was exciting from the kickoff. Watford striker Emmanuel Dennis had the ball in the back of the net within seconds of kickoff. But the goal was ruled out by VAR due to an offside. Arsenal midfielder Martin Odegaard put the visiting side in front in the 5th minute.
While Cucho Hernandez scored a fantastic bicycle kick to pull the host’s level. But Arsenal did go back in front with Bakayo Saka finished in brilliant fashion in the 30th minute. The gunners looked very good for their lead going into halftime.
The gunners started the second half in a similar fashion and on the front foot. Brazilian winger Gabriel Martinelli put the gunners two goals in front with another brilliant finish in the 52nd minute. Aaron Ramsdale did make a few rash clearances but Watford could not capitalize on the given chances.
Watford captain Moussa Sissoko did pull one goal back in the 87th minute to make the game 3-2. But Arsenal were able to hold on to their lead and grab the important three points. With this win Arsenal move up to 4th in the Premier League table, moving above Manchester United who drop down to 5th.
Mikel Arteta’ verdict on the 3-2 Arsenal win over Watford
In his post-match interview, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta criticized his team’s game management as they gave Watford chances to make a comeback in the game and conceded a late goal, he said:
“A lot of positive things in our general play, the chances we created, we scored some great goals, but we didn’t have total control of the game and I’m not happy with that,”
“Once we scored the third one I think we should have played a completely different game. We didn’t manage to take control of the game to play the right passes in the right areas, we were rushed, we were broken, we were in transition moments where we didn’t finish the actions, we had transition moments against us and that creates physically a very demanding game, which you could see in some players. As well, the uncertainty that if they scored a goal then the game was on.
“Attacking, we have been much more consistent, much more creative, our cohesion, our link, our understanding of what to do in each moment is getting even better and today we scored three good goals.”
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