Player Ratings: Watford v Arsenal

Jacob Culshaw analyses each Watford players’ contribution during the 3-0 defeat to Arsenal at Vicarage Road, giving each one a rating out of 10.


Although the score line may reflect a different story, Gomes didn’t paint himself in a bad light in front of the Sky cameras. His save from Alexis Sanchez early in the first half provided his first test in the game and he dealt with the situation well. Little he could do to keep about the Gunners’ goals. 6.5/10


Solid evening and likes get forward at every opportunity overlapping Anya. He can get somewhat over enthusiastic with his challenges (bordering on reckless in the Palace game), but was issued a harsh yellow card. He kept Sanchez at bay in the first half but became isolated in the second period as Sanchez continued to run down his flank. 6.5


Having conceded three goals in twelve minutes, both centre backs will not be pleased with their performances. In the first hour the former Wolfsburg man looked solid but fatigue clearly kicked in towards the end of the game. 6


After scoring his first international goal for Northern Ireland this week, it was a quiet re-introduction to the Premier League for the defender who, like Prodl, was very solid the first hour. As soon as the first goal went in, the defence started to look brittle under every Arsenal attack. 6


Looks to be a real prospect with him already showing great maturity and at such a young age. He showed glimmers of what he could do in the last 20 minutes of the Palace game and gave a good account of himself with his strength power and pace. In this one, however, Bellerin (one of the fastest players in the league) gave him a run for his money on the right-hand side. He found it difficult, especially in the second half, to keep Arsenal at bay. 6


A tentative display after coming back from a calf niggle. Anya worked well with Nyom and did get in behind the Arsenal defence on a couple of occasions. His decision-making was good but unfortunately nothing came of it. Great work rate, like many of the Hornets players did tire towards the end but didn’t give up. 6


Best player on the pitch for the first hour, but the formation Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores played meant Watson and Capoue had to ‘stick or twist’ on a couple of occasions. When Watford committed men forward it was Capoue who was the most progressive midfielder. 7.5


By playing in front of the back four, Watson made some great winning challenges in the middle of the park before laying possession off to more creative outlets such as Capoue his midfield partner. I think we can all agree that he’s limited as a creative player and goals are unlikely to come from this source. 6


On his 100th Hornets’ appearance, there was not much to smile about for the Swiss playmaker. It pains me to say it but Abdi physically didn’t look capable playing at this level and, in my opinion, Flores should have started with a natural winger. 5.5


Worked hard for the cause. Out-muscled Bellerin in the first half which summed his best attributes. Chased down every lost cause and did his best to provide ammunition for Ighalo. His rising first-half strike kept Petr Cech on his toes. The first goal is coming Troy, don’t worry. 7


The reliable goal-scorer had an off day culminating with him spurning two good opportunities. Ighalo didn’t match with Deeney’s work-rate and would have been substituted had we had another striker on the bench, I feel. 5



It’s been a tricky start for the new boy adapting to the premier league but if this cameo is anything to go by, his career won’t last long in England. Everything he tried to do went wrong, and lost the ball on several occasions. Good job the game was over by this time otherwise it would have been more painful. 4


Is there any proof that he actually come on? Anonymous. N/A

1 comment.

  1. You were too hard on Abdi who was worth another half mark IMO. Unfortunately I suspect that he will not complete many 90 mins in the Prem Div. You summed up the others pretty well.

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