Arsenal jump to fourth place with win vs. 10-man Watford
Arsenal leapfrogged Chelsea for fourth place in the Premier League table with a 1-0 victory at 10-man Watford on Monday night.
An early Pierre-Emerick Aubameyangstrike and a Troy Deeney red card paved the way for Unai Emery’s men to move ahead of their London neighbours on goal differential with a game still in hand.
And it was Aubameyang who had the visitors off to a dream start after just 10 minutes.
The Gabon international pressured Watford goalkeeper Ben Fosteras he received a back-pass into the six-yard box, and his commitment ultimately paid off when he got a leg in front of the attempted clearance and deflected the ball into the Watford net.
Deeney was then shown a straight red card one minute later for an extended arm to the head of Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira after the Uruguayanthe had released the ball for a teammate.
The Watford striker’s protests fell on unsympathetic ears and his side were forced to play the final 80 minutes down a man, though they were not without chances in a surprisingly open match.
The win gives Arsenal 66 points from 33 matches, while 10th-placed Watford remain on 46.