Arsenal’s title chances have been left in tatters after two early goals from Watford set the visitors up for a 2-1 victory at the Emirates in the Premier League.
- Arsenal 1 Watford 2
- Kaboul opens the scoring
- Deeney doubles the lead
- Hornets hold lead until HT
- Iwobi pulls one back for Gunners
Two early goals from Younes Kaboul and Troy Deeney set Watford up for a dramatic 2-1 victory at the Emirates.
Alex Iwobi's second-half strike set the Gunners up for a late rally but Arsene Wenger's side failed to find the equaliser.
Former Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul lashed in the opener after 10 minutes for Walter Mazzarri's side with a shot from outside the area which deflected off Aaron Ramsey.
And, just two minutes and 57 seconds later, the Hornets doubled their lead as Troy Deeney tapped in after Etienne Capoue's fine run ended with his shot being saved by Petr Cech.
Despite Arsenal's dominance in possession, Watford fully deserved to take the lead into the break due to their incisiveness in front of goal.
Who enjoyed tonight's win as much as @YounesKaboul4 ⁉️
— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) January 31, 2017
The hosts improved after the break and young Nigeria international forward Alex Iwobi pulled a goal back by steering Alexis Sanchez's cross home.
Lucas Perez struck the crossbar with a thunderous effort, but they could not find the equaliser against the stubborn Hornets defence who held on for a crucial three points.
Wenger will no doubt be livid after his side missed a chance to go into second and creep seven points behind league leaders Chelsea.