7th November 2021- Premier League, Arsenal 1 Watford 0

Attendance: 59,833

BBC Sport: Watford manager Claudio Ranieri accused Arsenal’s players of showing a lack of respect as the Gunners claimed a narrow victory in manager Mikel Arteta’s 100th match in charge.

Sky Sports: Watford boss Ranieri, who had stern words for Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta at full-time, was critical of Arsenal afterwards but also said the challenge on Sarr merited a foul.

Jamie Redknapp says Arsenal should have given the ball back to Watford in the build-up to their goal and sided with cross Hornets boss Claudio Ranieri.

BHappy: Tufan wasn’t badly hurt, his subsequent removal almost certainly tactical.  As the ball went out he was already rising to his feet and declining what looked like an offer of medical attention from the official, something which rather spoils the subsequent “yes but they were just wasting time” justifications overheard in queues for the tube.  Watford anticipated the ball being returned and Arsenal didn’t do so.  Not only that, but they took a quick throw with the defence not set up, further capitalising on the confusion.  Friend should perhaps have pulled them up, but the act wasn’t his – this was cheap, classless opportunism on Arsenal’s part.  The ball worked its way across the box (via a collision involving Sarr, prompting optimistic calls for a foul on the Watford winger) and Smith-Rowe, perhaps the best outfield player on the afternoon, struck home.  

Frans’ Watford Blog: Arsenal took the lead after a pass from Kucka reached White, he rode a couple of challenges then came up against Sissoko, who made the tackle but the ball dropped kindly for Smith Rowe who fired past Foster from the edge of the box.  There were bitter complaints from the Watford players as the move had started following a throw-in after the Hornets put the ball out for an injury, the Arsenal players did not return the ball, but the Hornets managed to regain it until Sarr was knocked down in the build-up, this was not deemed to be a foul and, despite the protests, the goal stood.