Arsene Wenger angered by 'scandalous' penalty decision after Watford defeat

Katrina Barker
October 15, 2017

Egypt's Mohamed Elneny played the full 90 minutes as Watford defeated Arsenal 2-1 in the 8th round of Premier League.

Tom Cleverley's stoppage-time goal fired Watford up to fourth and left Arsenal stunned.

Defeat for the Gunners still leaves them without an away Premier League win this term and down in sixth in the table - nine points off Manchester City in the title race.

Wenger had made four changes from the Brighton game before the worldwide break, with Alexis Sanchez the most notable absentee.

Ozil finds himself on the bench while Alexis Sanchez is missing altogether, mainly due to his recent disappointment at global level with Chile failing to qualify for the World Cup.

Deeney added: "Credit to the manager - he gave us a bit of a roasting at halftime". We have to have more confidence about our game.

The German defender, making his first league start in 532 days, powered home a header from a corner six minutes before half-time.

Mesut Ozil missed a chance to put Arsenal two goals ahead.

Instead of hitting back to ensure the right result, the Arsenal team went to pieces and only had themselves to blame for getting nothing from the match.

On came Olivier Giroud for fellow Frenchman Lacazette and Gomes again rescued Watford with a save to foil Ozil, whose run behind the home defence perhaps should have been flagged offside.

In a tight first half with few chances to speak of, it was Arsenal (4-1-3) who looked the more likely to emerge with a victory.

The closing minutes saw Arsenal come under siege, with the post helping it out when Capoue's drive struck Mertesacker's chest to wrong-foot Petr Cech.

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