Arsenal Blasted By Watford Captain
Watford skipper Troy Deeney has blasted Arsenal players for not having enough balls.
The Gunners crashed to a 2-1 defeat at Vicarage Road on Saturday evening, a controversial penalty and a late winner punishing Arsenal who had led 1-0 with 20 minutes to go.
But speaking after the match to BT Sport, Deeney accused the Arsenal players of not being tough enough.
“I’ve heard Wenger’s already saying the penalty is the reason they lost. Well, I’m not going to be one to tell Mr Wenger about himself, but there’s a reason they lost and it wasn’t because of one penalty.
“It’s having a bit of cojones.
“Whenever I play against Arsenal, I’ll go up and think ‘let me whack the first one and see who wants it’.
“I came on today and jumped up with Mertesacker – I didn’t even have to jump, actually. I nodded it down, the crowd got up – ‘yeah we’ve got somebody who can win it’ – and they all just backed off.
“For me as a player, I just think ‘happy days’. That’s my strength – if you’re going to let me do my strength against you, you’re going to have a tough afternoon.”
"There's a reason Arsenal lost and it wasn't because of one penalty…"
— BT Sport Football (@btsportfootball) October 14, 2017
Replays showed that Watford striker Richarlison went down a little easily in the box under a challenge from Hector Bellerin.
After the match, Arsene Wenger insisted it shouldn’t have been a spot kick.
“I would say it was not a penalty,” said the Frenchman. “It came at a moment in the game where it was absolutely important for Watford. No penalty, no goal.”
Needless to say, Watford boss Marco Silva didn’t agree.
“I have seen the penalty and I respect the decision of the referee,” he said. “I didn’t see a dive or a simulation.
“Richarlison has suffered the most fouls in the Premier League this season, and people are starting to say he dives.
“He is not. He is fair, He wins fouls like the best players in the world win fouls.”
Saturday’s result puts Watford up to fourth place in the Premier League on `15 points. That’s two points ahead of Arsenal, who lie in sixth place, and Chelsea who lost 2-1 on Saturday to bottom club Crystal Palace.