Mazzarri dedicates win to Taylor

Walter Mazzarri expressed his pride at Watford’s 2-1 win over Arsenal on Tuesday night before dedicating the victory to the late, great Graham Taylor.

Younes Kaboul and Troy Deeney scored the goals as the Hornets shocked the title-chasing Gunners at the Emirates, where only Alex Iwobi was on target for Arsene Wenger's charges.

And having seen his side play in a manner that would have made the former Watford manager proud, the current man at the helm felt it appropriate to dedicate the three points to Taylor, ahead of his funeral on Wednesday.

After the game, an emotional Mazzarri told Sky Sports: "I'm very proud, especially with our first half performance because we played the football I like.

"It's very important for me. I want to dedicate this victory to Graham Taylor.

"I wanted to do it before but it came today in a very important match. Tomorrow is his funeral so it's a great day to win."

He added: "It came together exactly as we prepared it in the first-half.

"Then in the second-half, we were a bit lower because some players like Daryl Janmaat and M'Baye Niang are still trying to find their optimal condition and other players like Craig Cathcart and Kaboul are just coming back. Valon Behrami was also coming back from an injury.

"We needed this win to bring morale to the whole team and to convince them we are growing day-by-day."