When Watford beat Arsenal 2-1 in October, Troy Deeney did not hold back with his comments in the aftermath.
? @DesKellyBTS: "Hector Bellerin is sure it wasn't a foul…"
Deeney: "He had his long hair in the way, he couldn't see what he's doing." pic.twitter.com/oVYmqStLpC
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) October 14, 2017
Introduced as a substitute on that occasion and scoring the penalty to equalise before Tom Cleverley’s winner, the Watford captain did not mince his words when speaking about how confident he was in the impact he could make against the Gunners.
He spoke about Arsenal’s lack of “cojones” and must have headed to the Emirates Stadium yesterday with designs on inflicting similar damage and completing a league double over Arsene Wenger’s under-fire side.
It didn’t work out like that. Arsenal found their rhythm and swept aside Javi Gracia’s side 3-0 but that was not the end of the frustration for Deeney.
He had the chance to cut the deficit to 2-1 late on but Petr Cech made a rare penalty save to preserve the clean sheet, the 200th of his Premier League career.
That led Hector Bellerin – valued at £31.5m by Transfermarkt – to take a little sideswipe back at Deeney and it is fair to say that Arsenal fans loved it.
— Héctor Bellerín (@HectorBellerin) March 11, 2018
We’ve had a closer look at the best of the reaction…
Hahahahha @HectorBellerin waited 5months for this ???…
— Yusuf Bahdela (@Yusufbahdela) March 11, 2018
— Supr3meXdeonn (@AFC_supr3me) March 11, 2018
GIVE HIM A CAPTAIN ARMBAND !!!
— Adriawan Ap (@Rangers_adri) March 11, 2018
Yes Hector you leader
— Milhousen (@iainmiller84) March 11, 2018
HECTOR, I LOVE YOU.
— 1886 (@1886_blog) March 11, 2018
— Pickle Rick (@Aniruddh_1886) March 11, 2018
— みずき (@sekaino_gunners) March 11, 2018
Hahaha fair play ??…how long have you planned that tweet for…never known such a comment to hit a nerve ??
— Ollie (@OllieEds) March 11, 2018
??so You marked this tweet.
What a time to be alive
— John AFC (@Fyucha_) March 11, 2018