Arsenal fans react as Bellerin fires back at Deeney

When Watford beat Arsenal 2-1 in October, Troy Deeney did not hold back with his comments in the aftermath.

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.

We’ve had a closer look at the best of the reaction…