Odion Ighalo failed to add to his five Premier League goals on Saturday as Arsenal thrashed Watford 3-0 at Vicarage Road.
Alexis Sanchez scored his 10th goal in six games for club and country, while Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey added the others as the Gunners scored thrice in the second half.
Troy Deeney had two chances in the first half to give Watford the lead, with his first effort from outside the box saved by Petr Cech while he took too much time in the box with his second, allowing the Arsenal defence to steal the ball off his toes.
Ramsey then had an excellent opportunity to put his team in front after Sanchez found the midfielder at the back post but he could not squeeze the ball past Heurelho Gomes.
Watford top scorer Ighalo was then put through on goal just before the break but the Super Eagles star scuffed a tame shot into the grateful arms of Cech.
Arsenal took the lead in the second half after Sanchez led a counter attack that fell to Mesut Ozil, who was fouled before shooting but the ball fell to the Chilean’s feet and he stroked the ball into the back of the net. The Gunners scored a second five minutes later, with Ozil finding substitute Olivier Giroud in space six yards out and the Frenchman fired his shot into the roof of the goal. Ramsey then made up for his earlier misses after Hector Bellerin made a marauding run into the Watford box before passing to the Welsh international and Ramsey’s deflected effort rolled into the net to make it 3-0. Giroud had the chance to double his own personal tally from a late corner but Gomes was equal to the Arsenal striker’s strong header. The win lifts Arsene Wenger’s men back into second while Watford remain 14th in the Premier League table.
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