A fortuitous goal from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang helped Arsenal get a 1-0 win away from home against 10-man Watford on Monday night in the Premier League.
Ben Foster would be Watford’s undoing in the encounter as he failed to clear a simple back pass clearing the ball on Aubameyang for a fortuitous goal in the 10th minute.
Troy Deeney for sent off moments later to make it a difficult task for Watford after an elbow on Torreira with just 11 minutes on the clock.
Arsenal failed to sparkle despite the one man advantage with missed chances here and there.
Craig Cathcart went close in the 20th minute with a close range effort, but was denied by the leg of Bernd Leno as Watford put in a spirited performance.
Alex Iwobi did test Foster not long after, but the goalkeeper acrobatically parried the Arsenal forward’s effort behind before Leno did the same at the other end to keep out a curling Etienne Capoue free kick.
Foster atoned for his first-half mistake early in the second period as he denied Arsenal a second.
It was a strong counter-attack from the visitors, with Iwobi picking out Mkhitaryan at the back post, but his side-footed volley was saved by the outstretched leg of the goalkeeper.
The Arsenal midfielder spurned another glorious chance a few minutes later but powered the ball well wide of the upright.
Adam Masina almost equalised in stunning fashion just after the hour mark for Watford.
With ten minutes to play, Andre Gray then rounded goalkeeper Leno but a sliding challenge from Ainsley Maitland-Niles saw his effort away at the near post.
Since returning to the Premier League in 2015/16, Watford have picked up 15 red cards in the competition, more than any other side.
Since his debut in February 2018, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been directly involved in 37 Premier League goals for Arsenal (28 goals, 9 assists), 11 more than any other player for the Gunners in that time.
In the end, it was a rare away win for Arsenal with a clean sheet as Arsenal moved to 4th on the log.
Arsenal travel to Italy to face Napoli in the second leg of their Europa League Quarter final where they hold a 2-0 first leg advantage.