Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had ‘poor game’ against Watford, says Watford

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looks on during Arsenal's Premier League clash with Watford

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had an off day as Arsenal beat Watford (Picture: Getty)

Ian Wright has praised the performance Arsenal produced in their 1-0 win over ten-man Watford, but feels Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a ‘poor game’ and should have made it far more ‘comfortable’ for his former club.

Emile Smith Rowe opened the scoring with a controlled 20-yard strike in the 56th minute and Arsenal held firm to secure all three points at the Emirates, extending their unbeaten run to ten matches in all competitions in the process.

The hosts were made to work hard for the victory, with Ben Foster earlier saving a penalty from Aubameyang before denying Gabriel Magalhaes with a superb stop down to his right.

Aubameyang had an afternoon to forget and should perhaps have broke the deadlock in the build-up to Bukayo Saka’s 15th-minute strike which was subsequently ruled out for offside.

The forward’s frustrations continued into the second half as he got a touch on Martin Odegaard’s goal-bound effort while stood in an offside position.

But Mikel Arteta will have breathed a sigh of relief as referee Kevin Friend blew the full-time whistle shortly after Juraj Kucka’s sending off and the result ensured the Gunners kept the pressure on their Premier League top-four rivals.

‘They seem to have got themselves in a nice little run of form,’ ex-Arsenal and England striker Wright told Premier League Productions shortly after the final whistle.

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‘They’ve got the players they want playing, the back four seems very settled and the goalkeeper has given Arsenal a very stable footing at the back.

‘The two centre-backs look comfortable and Smith Rowe and Saka are starting to really affect games on a regular basis.

‘It should have been more comfortable. I thought Aubameyang had a poor game today. He missed a penalty, he should have finished that first chance that Saka scored which was offside.

‘And in the end he tried to nick Odegaard’s goal which would probably have been a goal so it wasn’t a great day for him.

‘But the way Arsenal are playing, they’re playing the kind of football that the manager wants to see now.’

Emile Smith Rowe celebrates with Nuno Tavares after scoring for Arsenal against Watford in the Premier League

Smith Rowe scored the only goal of the game at the Emirates (Picture: Getty)

A furious Claudio Ranieri blasted Arsenal for failing to give the ball back to Watford in the lead-up to Smith Rowe’s decisive goal.

But Wright believes the Hornets manager was simply looking for an ‘excuse’.

‘There’s nothing wrong with him [Ozan Tufan] in the end,’ Wright added.

‘I’m sorry and people will say I’m being biased because it’s Arsenal, but if there’s something wrong with you then you stay down and go through what you normally do. Look how far it’s gone.

‘I think I saw Ranieri complaining and that’s just nitpicking because I don’t believe they should give that ball back.

There’s nothing wrong with the player. If there’s something wrong then stay down and go through the protocols.

‘But there’s nothing wrong with him. He got back up and they had three or four opportunities to be able to clear that so I think it’s just Ranieiri making an excuse really.’


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