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Arsenal vs Watford told through five images

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Watford fought back from two goals down to salvage a point against Arsenal, and despite them being two goals down at the break, it was probably just deserts having racked up a total of 31 shots during the game.

The first half was all about Arsenal and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as last season’s Golden Boot winner netted an 11-minute brace to put the Gunners two-nil up going into the break.

There was a return to the side for Mesut Ozil. It was the first start of the season for the German playmaker after being absent through security issues earlier in the campaign.

He wasn’t the only returning figure at Vicarage Road either.

Over the international break, Watford sacked their manager Javi Gracia and re-appointed Quique Sanchez Flores, who departed the club in the summer of 2016 despite leading the club to an FA Cup semi-final as well as a respected midtable finish.

In the second half, the game was turned on its head as Unai Emery’s persistence to play it out from the back led to an error from the experienced Sokratis.

Arsenal’s Bernd Leno played the ball short to the 31-year-old, but his pass was then misplaced into the path of Tom Cleverley, who was left with only the goalkeeper to beat – and he duly did so.

Matters got worse ten minutes from time when David Luiz felled Roberto Pereyra centimetres inside the penalty area to hand the 28-year-old a perfect opportunity to level things up from the spot.

He got off the ground, dusted himself off and dispatched the penalty with aplomb, much to the anger and protest of the Gunners’ catastrophic defence.

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