Arsenal hoped for a top four goal in the Premier League after striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a bizarre goal in the 10th minute. On Monday, he scored a 1-0 win at Watford.
The result The Gunners took second place with 66 points from 33 games, one behind the Tottenham Hotspur. Arsenal are ahead of fifth-placed Chelsea, who played more on goal difference. Watford remained in 10th place with 46 points.
Arsenal coach Unai Emery was satisfied with his team's first away game.
"A clean game is very important," he told the BBC. "It will give us a lot of information, this game."
The rapid collision took a decisive turn in a rushing minute of a minute as Aubameyang had previously found the return leg in an unusual manner. Watford striker Troy Deeney was sent off for bumping Lucas Torreira ,
Home Guard Goalkeeper Ben Foster lingered on Daryl Janmaat's pass for too long, allowing Aubameyang to lock the ball and block the attempt on goal as the ball bounced off the back of the net. 19659002] Foster did not apologize for his howler.
"I said sorry to the boys," he said. "I tried to pull it to the left and throw it away, but before I knew Aubameyang had condemned me, he's too fast, and in hindsight you have to get rid of [of the ball] as fast as you can, even if it's in line Z.
Despite their numerical drawback, Watford continued to push and missed a number of chances to take a level, having been denied twice by the woodwork and by some good saves from Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno.
The 80th minute saw the home team miss their best opportunity when Arsenin midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles blocked Andre Gray's strike after Watford's defeat of Leno.
Aubameyang, Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan also came to the other end, but Arsenal had to hold on in the closing stages as Watford hurled the men forward.
The home team manager Marco Silva praised his team for their fighting spirit in the face of adversity.
"We have done many things to try to win, a big effort," he said. "We did not get any points, but we played well, it was a difficult game with 10 men."