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Summary

  1. Arsenal XI: Ospina, Bellerin, Koscielny, Gabriel, Monreal, Coquelin, Elneny, Iwobi, Ozil, Alexis, Welbeck
  2. Watford XI: Gomes, Nyom, Prödl, Cathcart, Ake, Capoue, Watson, Suarez, Abdi, Deeney, Ighalo

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By Shamoon Hafez

All times stated are UK

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FULL-TIME

Arsenal 4-0 Watford.

Arsenal thrash Watford to stay in hunt for the title.

Thanks for joining me.

GOAL - Arsenal 4-0 Watford

Theo Walcott (89 mins)

And that's a hammering.

Mesut Ozil starts the move with a stunning, long-range ball to Joel Campbell, who skins Allan Nyom before picking out Theo Walcott.

The England international can't miss from two yards out and those Arsenal fans who left early missed a goal. Serves them right.

Theo Walcott
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Arsenal 3-0 Watford

Two minutes left. Come on ref, no added time please. The Watford fans want to get out and make the 18 mile trip home.

Theo Walcott
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YELLOW CARD

Arsenal 3-0 Watford

Egypt v Morocco.

Arsenal man Mohamed Elneny picks up a booking for bringing down Nordin Amrabat. 

Algerian Adlene Guedioura's low free-kick goes wide.

A shoutout to north Africa in that passage of play.

Arsenal 3-0 Watford

Nordin Amrabat looks threatening for Watford here. He picks the ball up on the half way line and charges towards the Arsenal goal. The home defenders look frightened, they're back tracking. What can the Moroccan do here? Is he going to shoot?

Nope - he tries to lay off a pass to team-mate Ikechi Anya, but succeeds in playing the ball out of play. That was terrible.

SUBSTITUTION

Arsenal 3-0 Watford

Alexis Sanchez off, Joel Campbell on.

Alexis Sanchez
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Arsenal 3-0 Watford

Can't begin to tell you how rubbish Watford have been today. How can we explain it? Players haven't been together for two weeks because of the international break, but surely they can't have forgotten how to play with each other in that time?

It's just as well there are three poorer sides in the Premier League than Watford because it's relegation form from them at the moment. This will make it two wins in their last 13 league games.

Arsenal 3-0 Watford

Are Watford about to get a consolation goal?

No.

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Arsenal 3-0 Watford

Yes Alexi Iwobi, you deserve this standing ovation young man. A superb performance capped off by a goal.

The Nigerian comes off and Theo Walcott enters the fray.

CLOSE!

Arsenal 3-0 Watford

Minutes after coming on, Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud heads straight at Heurelho Gomes from a corner.

GREAT SAVE!

Arsenal 3-0 Watford

David Ospina has had nothing to do all game, but pulls off a brilliant save from Troy Deeney's curler, lunging to his left to keep out an almost certain goal.

Top stuff from the Colombian.

Troy Deeney
AP

SUBSTITUTION

Arsenal 3-0 Watford

Watford's final change sees Adlene Guedioura come on for Almen Abdi.

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Arsenal 3-0 Watford

Danny Welbeck gets a deserved rest for Arsenal as Olivier Giroud comes on in his place.

Arsenal 3-0 Watford

A long 25 minutes for Watford to endure. They know this game is already over and it's petering out into a testimonial-paced encounter.

Nacho Monreal
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YELLOW CARD

Arsenal 3-0 Watford

Bang, take that. 

Allan Nyom, full of frustration, chops down Mesut Ozil. The German was rather asking for that, standing on the ball with one foot, and the Watford man took his opportunity to swipe him.

It earns Nyom a deserved yellow card.

Arsenal 3-0 Watford

Arsenal are enjoying themselves now and playing with such freedom. All the big guns - including Danny Welbeck, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez - are involved in a move that leads to a corner, but Watford are able to clear.

CLOSE!

Arsenal 3-0 Watford

Watford earn a free-kick deep in the Arsenal half and almost get back into the game.

Ben Watson's deep free-kick is guided back into the danger area by captain Troy Deeney and Sebastian Prodl's goal-bound header is cleared off the line by full-back Nacho Monreal. Right place at the right time.

'Iwobi is very exciting'

Arsenal 3-0 Watford

Garth Crooks

Former Spurs striker on Final Score

Alexis Sanchez with Alex Iwobi, Arsenal
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"The more I see of Sanchez and Iwobi the more I like the combination. It's been their show today, and Iwobi has just hit the bar. 

"Iwobi has that little ingredient you need at this level and he's very exciting. 

"Arsenal are showing the form we've expecting them to show and they've lacked. Listen, if they win all their remaining games this season they'll win the title."

CLOSE!

Arsenal 3-0 Watford

Arsenal teasing and torturing Watford, spraying the ball around while sending men forward.

The Hornets have goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes to thank for it being only 3-0, as he saves from Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez in quick succession.

HITS THE WOODWORK

Arsenal 3-0 Watford

Oh, so easy for Arsenal to go forward and find space in the opposition box.

Alex Iwobi almost has his second, turning a Watford man inside out before lashing a left-footed shot against the crossbar.

Unlucky.

GOAL - Arsenal 3-0 Watford

Hector Bellerin (48 mins)

When your luck's out, it really is out.

This game is done and dusted now, just a matter of how many Arsenal will get.

Alexis Sanchez wriggles clear in the box and his cross is headed away by Allan Nyom, straight to Hector Bellerin. The Spaniard takes it first time and his strike comes off Ben Watson and loops over Heurelho Gomes into the net.

It's cruel on Watford, but Arsenal won't mind.

Hector Bellerin
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KICK-OFF

Arsenal 2-0 Watford

Under way. Can Watford turn this game around?

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Arsenal 2-0 Watford

Another change for Watford. Nordin Amrabat, an attacking-minded player, comes on in place of top goalscorer Odion Ighalo.

What do you make of that one?

Quique Sanchez Flores must be vexed.

Pass perfection

Arsenal 2-0 Watford

Look at how Arsenal played pass after pass before opening up Watford for their second goal, which Alex Iwobi scored.

Alex Iwobi goal
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HALF-TIME

Arsenal 2-0 Watford

I can deliver Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger's team talk for him at half-time if he wants... "As you were, lads."

Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores may be throwing some teacups in the away dressing room. They have been awful.

Arsene Wenger
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Arsenal 2-0 Watford

Alex Iwobi sniffing another, but this time his sizzling strike is straight at Heurelho Gomes. Into added time in the first half.

Alex Iwobi
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SHOWBOAT

Arsenal 2-0 Watford

Arsenal 2-0 up and turning it on, this time Mesut Ozil with an audacious flick in the centre circle. Where was all this showboating when they collected just two wins in nine league games?

Arsenal 2-0 Watford

Hector Bellerin, in his own half, takes two Watford players out of the game with a brilliant piece of skill, rolling his foot over the ball and twisting his body in one motion.

They're making a mockery of the opposition now.

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Arsenal 2-0 Watford

Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores is not happy.

Off comes Etienne Capoue and Scotland man Ikechi Anya comes on.

'Iwobi reminds me of Ian Wright'

Arsenal 2-0 Watford

Garth Crooks

Former Spurs striker on Final Score

Ian Wright, Arsenal
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"Iwobi is precocious. He's got a swagger about him which reminds me of Ian Wright as a young kid. You need to be bold as a young player, and Iwobi certainly is."

GOAL - Arsenal 2-0 Watford

Alex Iwobi (38 mins)

Deserved.

It's been all Arsenal and they double their advantage - and what a lovely goal it is.

The Gunners slice Watford's defence open like a pack of salami, cutting through them with consummate ease.

Francis Coquelin's no-look pass finds Alexis Sanchez, who gallops into the box unchallenged before cutting the ball back to the penalty spot.

On the charge, Alex Iwobi sweeps home the finish and that may well be game over.

Alex Iwobi
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Arsenal 1-0 Watford

Another Arsenal injury? Defender Gabriel has gone down in a heap and it's brought manager Arsene Wenger off his seat to survey the extent of the damage.

The Brazilian goes off to the side of the pitch, has a swing of water and is OK to come back on.

Time-wasting already? Surely not.

Arsenal 1-0 Watford

Half an hour played as possibly the easiest 30 minutes of Arsenal's season so far. 

Watford tried to park the bus but it looks like they forgot to put the handbrake on.

Arsenal 1-0 Watford

Watford striker Odion Ighalo is flagged offside after getting on the end of a through ball.

He wasn't though.

It wouldn't have mattered because Ighalo failed to find the back of the net as David Ospina showed excellent pace to rush off his line and smother the danger.

Just a note of caution for Arsenal, they're controlling this game but it's still finely poised.

David Ospina
Reuters

Arsenal 1-0 Watford

Alex Iwobi is really terrorising Watford full-back Allan Nyom with his pace. That's a good outlet for Arsenal this afternoon.

If they don't fancy that route, try Alexis Sanchez on the other flank. No? Give the ball to Mesut Ozil and he'll produce some magic.

So many options for the Gunners, still only 1-0 up, though. As it stands, they are eight points behind leaders Leicester with seven games to go.

Arsenal 1-0 Watford

Alexis Sanchez steps up to curl the free-kick over the wall, it's heading for the bottom corner but Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes gets down low to his right to push the ball away.

Good free-kick, good save, good all round. Well done.

Arsenal 1-0 Watford

This time, Mohamed Elneny's shot from around 25 yards out is blocked. I make that Arsenal's seventh shot in the first half.

Shortly after, Mesut Ozil is brought down by Allan Nyom and this is in Alexis Sanchez range, around 30 yards out...

Mesut Ozil
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Arsenal 1-0 Watford

Arsenal peppering the Watford goal with shot after shot. This time midfielder Francis Coquelin's effort from the edge of the box is blocked.

In the lead up to that, striker Danny Welbeck tried a cheeky back-heeled finish, but he's no Jamie Vardy and it doesn't come off.

Francis Coquelin
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Arsenal 1-0 Watford

Do the Arsenal fans know their side are winning? Complete silence inside the Emirates Stadium. Might as well have stayed at home.

Meanwhile, Watford fashion their first chance of the afternoon and David Ospina has to get up off his sofa to do some work.

Allan Nyom whips a ball in from the right towards Troy Deeney on the penalty spot, but the Watford skipper's header is weak and Ospina can gather without trouble.

Hector Bellerin
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PENALTY APPEAL

Arsenal 1-0 Watford

Penalty shout!

Watford defender Sebastian Prodl comes across and barges over Danny Welbeck on the edge of the box, but referee Anthony Taylor is unmoved.

Could easily have been given.