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Arsenal Knocked Out From the FA Cup by Watford as Utd Secures a late Equalizer

Arsenal’s FA Cup winning streak finally came to an end a few minutes ago as they were beaten by Watford at home in the quarter-finals. The Gunners played pretty well in the first half but their inability to find the back of the net hurt them in the second half.

Watford came in with a game plan of absorbing the pressure and hitting the holders on the break. It nearly worked in the first half as Odion Ighalo broke away a couple of times only to find his passing let him and Troy Deeney down. Ighalo did, however, go from zero to hero in the second half as he held Gabriel and scored from close range to give his team the lead.

Arsenal left themselves even more susceptible to the counter as they went in search of the equalizer and mistake in midfield cost them a second has the Watford attack capitalized and Adlène Guedioura smashed home a second. Arsenal pulled one back at the end courtesy of Danny Welbeck, but it was just a consolation as the Gunners crashed out. Here are three talking points from the game.

Should Gabriel have been sent off?

The Brazilian was perhaps the player who grabbed most of the attention in the game. While he made a few crunching tackles, he was also at fault for the first goal. The biggest talking point was his dangerous tackle on Troy Deeney which perhaps warranted a red card. It was surprising to see Andre Mariner rejecting the appeals of the Watford skipper who was visibly incensed with the two-footed studs up challenge.

Tackles like those are part and parcel of the game these days. While some may argue that they shouldn’t be punished as football is a contact sport, other, rightfully will counter that they threaten the well-being of a footballer on a pitch.

Arsenal’s profligacy continues and their season continues to disappoint

Despite playing with the likes of Sanchez, Ozil and Giroud, Arsenal flattered to deceive in front of goal. Yes, Watford played a packed defense, but the Gunners knew that’s how it was going to be and it’s painful for the Arsenal fans that their team simply knocks it about in front of the opposition penalty box and waits for the opposition to make a mistake rather than making something happen.

Ozil was bereft of ideas most of the times and when he did create something, poor finishing let the team down.

Danny Welbeck missed a gilt-edged chance towards the end to equalize and Elneny skied a few as he forgot to put on his old shooting boots of Basel.

Watford has a good chance to win it.

With Crystal Palace, Everton and either West Ham or Man United, you don’t really have anyone who really stand out for the trophy. Quique Sanchez Flores does well in the Cup competitions as manager and has a proven cup record in the last few years. The Spaniard has adopted a simple and tenacious philosophy at the club and it’s worked brilliantly.

The Gunners were favorites to win but Watford did the basics of football right and came away with a win. The Hornet wouldn’t mind whom they are facing as they can definitely beat anyone on their day as they have shown this season.

However, other matches played over the weekend were as follows;
Everton 2 - 0 Chelsea
Manchester United 1 - 1 West Ham United that will have a replay after that draw. Thanks from Mertial after a late equalizer and in Premier league,
Norwich City 0 - 0 Manchester City
AFC Bournemouth 3 - 2 Swansea City
Aston Villa 0 - 2 Tottenham Hotspur

By Robert Muriisa.

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