Arsenal draw down to me, says Sokratis Papastathopoulos


"We didn't show our game in the second half, we were too scared".

"'We have a lot of young players who needed to have that moment, for example Matteo, but he's working a lot to improve and will take experience from matches like today, sometimes it will come with bad results, with some mistakes, but we can grow up with the mistakes and really learn for us in the next matches". "We know very well that he brings us so much in these sorts of games".

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's deadly finishing, in the absence of the injured Alexandre Lacazette, looked to have steered Arsenal to victory after the Gabon global netted twice in 11 first-half minutes to take his tally to five in five Premier League games this season. David Luiz fouled Roberto Pereyra just inside the penalty area and the Argentine midfielder dusted himself off to equalise from the spot in the 81st.

"Unless they can play brilliant attacking football for 90-plus minutes, which is nearly impossible, they are going to concede goals".

"I think it affects us (to lose Alexandre Lacazette for a few weeks)".

He also doesn't like the look of the point gained from the match, even if the maxim goes that they all count the same. "When we needed calm and control like in the first half, we couldn't do it".

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Mesut Ozil was recalled to his starting line-up for the first time since he and Sead Kolasinac were the victims of a carjacking attack in July.

Watford started the brighter of the two teams with Gerard Deulofeu looking risky down the left hand side and testing Leno with a curled right foot effort after five minutes.

"But Sanchez Flores should give Watford a lift - I think he is one of the best managers they have had in the past few years". Ozil freed Ainsley Maitland-Niles in behind the Watford defence and the right-back squared for Aubameyang to slot home his fifth goal in as many games this season.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates after scoring Arsenal's first goal.

The visitors continued to wobble as Watford's confidence surged.

But is was Abdoulaye Doucoure who squandered the best chance of all for a victor deep into stoppage time when he shot too close to Leno with just the German goalkeeper to beat to leave Watford still bottom of the Premier League table.