Santi: Arsenal midfield happy with Granit

Sep 01, 2016, 08:01

An early Santi Cazorla penalty was added to by Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil as the Gunners raced into a commanding first-half lead at Vicarage Road.

Mesut Ozil was making his first start of the season after being rested following Euro 2016 and Arsenal's German playmaker made up for lost time with a headed goal in first-half stoppage time.

The victory follows an opening weekend defeat at home to Liverpool and a goalless draw at champions Leicester last time out.

The similarities have not gone unnoticed by the Arsenal manager, who will complete a £50m double deal for Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez on Monday.

It looked like job done for Arsenal and that's how Arsene Wenger's side paid for much of the second half. They are a good Premier League side so they pushed for something to happen.

And a miserable half for Mazzari's team was compounded seconds before the interval. They played well and changed their formation and put us under more pressure.

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This was a running theme throughout the first half - the continued excellence of Ozil and Sanchez in their intricate link-up, and ultimately, their touch, creativity and endless movement was too much for Watford to handle.

A lively encounter in north London was then up for grabs, with Spurs looking the more likely winners after staging a series of late attacks.

Nevertheless, Mustafi is evidently pleased with his move to the Emirates, and revealed his thoughts on various matters concerning the club in an exclusive interview with Sky Sport Germany.

Bet365 make Arsenal 8/11 favourites to win this one with Watford 4/1 outsiders.

"There are many, many clubs in England who have a big amount of money available and haven't spent yet - you could say all of them". Last season it wasn't easy. He's someone who really knows what he wants.

Wenger joked that he is "scared" of the total sum that Arsenal seem certain to spend and predicts the Premier League clubs will easily top £1billion in summer transfer spending. There is no hiding from that. "We have not got any plans for anyone else now".

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"We live to fight another day", he said.

Arsenal sealed their first three points of this season against Watford.

"Defensively we are just getting minor details wrong at the moment".

"Our season will be defined by beating the teams around us".

A 57th-minute debut goal from Hornets substitute Roberto Pereyra gave Walter Mazzari's side hope, yet ultimately it proved in vain as their wait for a maiden win of their own continues -- placing their manager under the microscope even at this stage.

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