EPL 2017/18: Watford 2-1 Arsenal: 5 Talking Points
With both Watford and Arsenal vying to move into fourth place in the league following this game, the stakes were pretty high at Vicarage Road for both sides.
Arsenal named a side without Alexis Sanchez, Shkodran Mustafi and Aaron Ramsey, but looked to have a particularly strong bench including the likes of Mesut Ozil. They took the lead late in the first half through a Per Mertesacker header and seemed to be in control at half-time.
The game would turn on its head though after a controversial penalty call allowed Troy Deeney to equalise, and from there Arsenal wilted as Watford grew stronger. In the end Tom Cleverley decided the game with a goal in injury time to send Marco Silva’s boys into the Champions League spots.
This was a painful loss for Arsenal, while for Watford, it’s a win their fans will relish for some time. Here are the five biggest talking points from the game.
#5 Is Silva Time the new Fergie Time?
In seasons past, Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United side were renowned for scoring late, late goals to steal points that appeared lost, to the point that fans christened injury time “Fergie Time”. This season though it seems more like injury time should be renamed as “Silva Time”.
Watford have now taken seven points from their last three games thanks to goals that have come after the 90-minute mark; there was Richarlison’s 90th-minute winner at Swansea, his equaliser in the 95th minute against West Brom, and now Cleverly’s 92nd minute winner today.
What does this mean? Simply put, opponents just can’t rest against the Hornets as Silva’s charges have proven time after time that a game is never truly beyond them. It’s a very enviable feature of the team and shows the desire that Watford’s players have to not let their manager down.