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Summary

  1. Sanchez & Giroud with first-time strikes
  2. Ramsey with deflected effort
  3. Arsenal reclaim second in table
  4. Watford XI: Gomes, Nyom, Prodl, Cathcart, Ake; Capoue, Watson, Abdi, Deeney, Anya, Ighalo
  5. Arsenal XI: Cech, Bellerin, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal, Coquelin, Cazorla, Ramsey, Ozil, Sanchez, Walcott

Live Reporting

By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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Shortest news conference ever?

Evidently riveting stuff from the Arsenal news conference, judging by the club's Twitter feed. One quote...

The boss is here for his post-match press conference... #WFCvAFC

Boss on @Alexis_Sanchez: I like to watch him play, it is delightful. Yesterday in training he was quite sharp. #WFCvAFC

That is all from the boss' press conference. Video and more #WFCvAFC reaction on Arsenal.com shortly...

Match of the Day running order

Match of the Day
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Goals galore at the top of the bill tonight. Tune in on BBC One, 22:30 BST.

Drum roll please. It is time for the Match of the Day running order...

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Alan Eapen: Good second-half performance from Arsenal. Need to break down even better defensive teams to win the league.

Doctor Hevness: A deserved victory and the bonus of a clean sheet away from home. Well played Arsenal.

Max Baggins-Craig: Such a harsh loss for Watford. Hopefully onwards and upwards from here.

Watford 0-3 Arsenal

Quique Sanchez Flores stopped short of saying Arsenal are the best side Watford have faced so far this season, adding: "There is not a lot of difference between Manchester City and Arsenal, they both have amazing players."

Manager reaction

Watford 0-3 Arsenal

Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores, speaking to BBC Sport: "I'm a little frustrated. In the first half we played really well.

"We have to make an amazing effort if we want to make the level. We have to be positive with our first hour. The match was finished in a 10-15 minute spell.

"I am really happy with the first half performance. We had chances and I felt we would get the first goal."

Eleven goals scored and just one conceded between the three teams at the top of the Premier League in their games today. It looks to be shaping up for a very open and entertaining battle for the Premier League title.

'Sanchez is relentless'

Watford 0-3 Arsenal

Relentless is clearly the word of the day for Arsene Wenger.

"Alexis Sanchez is relentless going forward," he adds. "He always looks dangerous and he is always dangerous. He is very important for us."

Arsenal were relentless - Wenger

Watford 0-3 Arsenal

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, speaking to BBC Sport: "It was an important win for us. You could see why Watford have not conceded many goals at home. They are strong and very direct and we could not make a mistake.

"When we scored the first goal I like the fact we were relentless and continued to attack. The confidence is there and once we were 1-0 up or 2-0 up we continued to play and attack.

"Physically and mentally the game became more difficult for Watford as well and we took advantage of that."

Watford 0-3 Arsenal

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Hard to pick between Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil for man-of-the-match for me. Sanchez probably just about shades it. He has been electric for club and country recently, scoring 10 goals in his last six games.

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Nikhail Raghav: Do I smell a genuine Premier League title challenge this season? What a commanding second half performance!

Thomas Norton: I've been a big critic of Ozil, but he is finally playing well. Yet to justifiy is price, but we will if he continues like this.

'Arsenal's goals came very quickly'

Watford 0-3 Arsenal

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Former Watford midfielder Derek Payne at Vicarage Road

"Watford can take a lot of heart from the first 60 minutes, where they matched a Champions League team. 

"They will be disappointed with how they reacted to falling behind - Arsenal's second goal came very quickly. 

"Just think if the Hornets had scored one of their first-half chances..."

Watford 0-3 Arsenal

As has already been said on this page, no shame in losing to Arsenal. They turned on the style in an 11-minute spell that few sides would have been able to handle. Signs of encouragement in that performance for Watford.

Arsenal move back into second place, two points behind Manchester City. Watford, meanwhile, are 14th, six points clear of the relegation zone.

FULL-TIME

Watford 0-3 Arsenal

The free-kick is flicked behind but no time for a corner. All over.

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Watford 0-3 Arsenal

A free-kick for Watford. Last chance for a consolation? They've certainly deserved a goal.

Watford 0-3 Arsenal

Up goes the fourth official's board and there will be three minutes of injury time.

Watford 0-3 Arsenal

Troy Deeney looks absolutely exhausted but he is still giving it his all, winning possession before hitting a very tired shot wide of goal. 

How has he not scored in the Premier League yet?

'No shame in losing to Arsenal'

Watford 0-3 Arsenal

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Former Watford midfielder Derek Payne at Vicarage Road

"Disappointing for Watford, who were excellent for the first hour. But there is no shame in losing to Arsenal, an excellent footballing side."

Olivier Giroud shot
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Watford 0-3 Arsenal

Arsenal are cruising back up to second here but no shame in the defeat for Watford. For an hour, they gave as good as they got and caused Arsenal more than a few moments of worry.

GREAT SAVE!

Watford 0-3 Arsenal

Great work from Olivier Giroud as he attacks some space to meet a corner, directing a powerful header towards goal that brings out a good save from Heurelho Gomes.

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Len: Arsenal turned a poor first half into a commanding win, something title-winning teams are required to do

Abhishek: Move over Hazard, Ozil and Payet. Hector Bellerin continues to create goals.

Ian George: All you Ozil haters can eat your words again, and again, and again. He is a footballing genius.

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SUBSTITUTION

Watford 0-3 Arsenal

Watford fans breathe a sigh of relief as Alexis Sanchez goes off, but coming on in his place is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. His pace against a tiring defence is not what the home fans will want to see. Mikel Arteta also comes on for Arsenal, replacing Mesut Ozil.

Watford also make a substitution as Ikechi Anya is replaced by Juan Carlos Paredes.

Watford 0-3 Arsenal

Aaron Ramsey
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I've seen a few critical comments about Aaron Ramsey's performance before his goal but he has worked hard today, getting up and down the pitch and, although he failed to score from a couple of good chances earlier, he was getting in the right positions.

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Faddi S: Form is temporary, class is permanent! All the Ozil detractors need to learn that.

Efultang: Arsenal picked Watford apart there with pure class. No respite!

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'Watford were too open'

Watford 0-3 Arsenal

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Former Watford midfielder Derek Payne at Vicarage Road

"Great play by Arsenal, you must say that. It's what we know they can do, but Watford were too open there. Much too easy for the Gunners, who have been very, very clinical with excellent movement off the ball. They are a top side."

GOAL - Watford 0-3 Arsenal

Aaron Ramsey

Devastating football from Arsenal as they twist the knife further. Hector Bellerin plays a pass for Aaron Ramsey and the midfielder's shot deflects off the unfortunate Ikechi Anya, catching out Heurelho Gomes who can only watch as the ball lands in the back of the net. Game, set and match.

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Watford 0-2 Arsenal

 Watford make their first change of the game as winger Steven Berghuis comes on for. A thankless task to come on at this stage of a game. 

Watford 0-2 Arsenal

Arsenal did not have things their own way for large periods of this match as Watford gave them a real tough test, but the Gunners slugged it out before effectively wrapping up the win with six deadly minutes. The sign of a title winner?

'Arsenal are showing their class'

Watford 0-2 Arsenal

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Former Watford midfielder Derek Payne at Vicarage Road

"Ozil at the heart of this again - what an intelligent player. 

"Arsenal are showing their class, and they are such a different animal when they're winning. They are so much more confident."

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Gemma Blackman: What's with the lit phones thing at Watford? Can #BBCFootball shed any light?

Boom-tish, Gemma...

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GOAL - Watford 0-2 Arsenal

Olivier Giroud

What an impact! Olivier Giroud has been on the pitch a matter of minutes but he makes a crucial contribution as Mesut Ozil cuts the ball back for the striker and he drives home from the middle of the area. 

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SUBSTITUTION

Watford 0-1 Arsenal

Despite the goal, Arsene Wenger presses on with a change as a very quiet Theo Walcott is replaced by Olivier Giroud.

'What Arsenal are very good at - slick and quick'

Watford 0-1 Arsenal

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Former Watford midfielder Derek Payne at Vicarage Road

"The ball travelled from one end of the pitch to the other, just what Arsenal are very good at. Slick and quick, and the ball in from Ozil was disguised and was sheer quality. 

"Did Watford switch off for a moment? Well, now they're one behind."

GOAL - Watford 0-1 Arsenal

Alexis Sanchez

Arsenal have barely had a sniff of a chance in this half but with Alexis Sanchez in their side, they are always a danger. So it proves as Mesut Ozil weaves his way into the box, he looks to be fouled but it doesn't matter as the loose ball falls to Sanchez, who lashes in from close range. Harsh on Watford.

Alexis Sanchez
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YELLOW CARD

Watford 0-0 Arsenal

Yellow for Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker after he lunges in on Odion Ighalo just as the Watford striker tried to get away on an attack.

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Watford 0-0 Arsenal

Lots of Watford fans have turned on the flash lights on their phones and are waving them in the air. Is that a thing now? Pretty sure we are not at a One Direction concert...

'Excellent, patient football'

Watford 0-0 Arsenal

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Former Watford midfielder Derek Payne at Vicarage Road

"Arsenal are pinning Watford back now, playing excellent, patient football. Watford needs to regain a bit of possession, just to take the sting out of the game."

Watford 0-0 Arsenal

Better from Arsenal as Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez combine, before the latter lets fly with a low shot that Heurelho Gomes has to push behind for a corner. That comes to nothing and Arsene Wenger gives Olivier Giroud the nod to warm up.

Alexis Sanchez
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