Arsenal continued to keep the heat up on Premier League leaders Manchester City with a well-played, and well-deserved 3-0 victory over Watford. Taking all three points from this match is crucial if they want to maintain second place and to ultimately seize top spot, if they can.
Apparently, Santi Cazorla was the ‘Man of the Match’ on Saturday night, with his impressive footballing skills of controlling the ball in tight spaces and being the firecracker of the night, together with Mesut Ozil. The first half of the match was a bore, with both teams going into half-time in a goalless draw. Neither side was able to break the deadlock, despite Aaron Ramsey having squandered several chances when he should have scored. There were a few heart attacks for the visiting Arsenal fans when Watford did go near the Gunners’ goalpost but with Petr Cech in his place, Arsenal were in the clear.
Second half came, and this was their moment to shine. And shine, they did. Second half goals from the Chilean-on-rampage Alexis Sanchez, super-substitute Olivier Giroud, and the ever-persevering Aaron Ramsey gave the Gunners the victory they needed. All three goals came in quick succession, all within twelve minutes. Sanchez was quick on his feet to react when Mesut Ozil went down from a challenge, leaving the ball for the Chilean to slot in from close range. Nobody expected that to happen, which left Sanchez unmarked. The second goal came from Frenchman Giroud, who substituted Theo Walcott in the 64th minute. He was only on the field for less than five minutes before seizing his opportunity to get his name on the scoresheet. And at the right moment too, when critics were wondering why isn’t he scoring more. Ramsey scored the third goal with flourish, redeeming himself for all the chances he squandered in the first half. His celebration must be a timely one, I’m assuming his girlfriend (or whoever she is to him) must be expecting a child, otherwise he wouldn’t celebrate his goal with the ball under his jersey.
The victory over Watford shows the mettle that Arsenal has as one of the big boys and they have what it takes to challenge for the title. They have been trophy-less for far too long now, and yes, as a fan, I’d like to see them win some trophies too. Whether it is for the Barclay’s Premier League, Champions League, or the FA Cup. Let’s hope they can continue their winning streak because this weekend, they’ll be playing against Everton, who has a knack for knocking down big teams.