Arsenal barely needed to shift out of second gear as they coasted to a comfortable 4-0 win over Watford in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
- Arsenal 4 Watford 0
- Sanchez opens scoring early
- Impressive Iwobi adds second
- Bellerin scores the third
- Walcott completes the rout
The Gunners could not have wished for a better start as Alexis Sanchez gave them the lead just five minutes after kickoff.
Alex Iwobi looked threatening throughout the encounter and added his name to the scoresheet in the 38th minute before Hector Bellerin made sure the home side would walk away from the match with three points when he added the third three minutes after half time.
Theo Walcott added the cherry on top with the fourth goal in the 90th minute.
Arsenal burst out of the blocks with Watford were struggling to get out of their own half from the opening whistle and the home fans wouldn’t have to wait long for the opening goal.
Iwobi provided a pin-point cross for Sanchez on the back post in the fifth minute, but his header was denied by a sharp save from Gomes. Unfortunately for the Brazilian shot stopper, the Arsenal striker got to the rebound first and made no mistake with his second attempt.
The home side continued to create chances throughout the first half and it could have been very ugly for the visitors but for a good performance from their goalkeeper, who denied further attempts from Iwobi, Welbeck and Mesut Ozil to keep his side in the game.
However, the Gunners were not to be denied and Iwobi ended a lovely flowing move from Arsenal in the 38th minute with crisp first-time shot to make the score 2-0.
The second half began almost exactly like the first with Arsenal scoring yet again, this time it only took three minutes from kickoff, when Bellerin’s shot was deflected past the helpless Gomes to effectively seal the win for Arsenal, but it didn’t stop them trying for more goals.
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Iwobi sent a fierce shot cannoning into the crossbar in the 50th minute before Gomes had to pull off a double save four minutes later to deny Mesut Ozil and then Sanchez on the rebound.
The visitors best chance of the match came in the 57th minute when Sebastian Prodl’s attempt was cleared off the line by the Arsenal defence.
David Ospina was called into action in the 70th minute to block Troy Deeney’s snap shot, before the hosts marched down the other end of the pitch and Olivier Giroud forced yet another fine save out of Gomes.
Walcott would make sure Arsenal would finish the match just as they began it as he timed his run to perfection to arrive in the six yard box and get his foot on Joel Campbell’s cross to make it 4-0.