Arsenal beat Watford to climb into the top four of the Premier League | football news

WATFORD: Bukayo Saka starred as Arsenal moved past Manchester United into the top four of the Premier League on Sunday with a 3-2 win at Watford.
Martin Odegaard scored early for the visitors before Cucho Hernández equalized with a spectacular shot from above minutes later.
England international Saka put Arsenal back in front after half an hour and Brazilian winger Gabriel Martinelli increased the visitors’ lead early in the second half.
A late goal from Moussa Sissoko against the course of play gave Watford hope, but the Gunners held on for a crucial win.
The victory lifts Mikel Arteta’s men to fourth place in the Premier League, one point ahead of United, who are in action in their last game against leaders Manchester City.
Watford had the ball in the net seconds after kick-off, but Emmanuel Dennis’ effort was ruled offside.
Arsenal quickly settled in after their early scare and took the lead in the fifth minute after some good work from the right, with Saka clipping past Odegaard, who finished with his left foot.
But the Gunners’ advantage was nullified in the 11th minute when Hernández executed an acrobatic Chilean near the penalty spot after a cross from Kiko Femenia.
Arsenal restored their lead shortly after the half-hour mark with a cleverly crafted goal from Saka.
The England man stripped Tom Cleverley just outside the Watford box before passing to Alexandre Lacazette who held the ball and then returned it to Saka who fired.
Arsenal extended their lead early in the second half with a delicious third from Martinelli, who finished from the edge of the box after a clear dismissal from Lacazette.
Watford still offered a threat despite Arsenal’s superiority and Denis should have narrowed the gap but squandered an opportunity at the far post with around 20 minutes to go.
Arsenal substitute Eddie Nketiah hit the woodwork with 10 minutes remaining and Sissoko spooked the visitors when he sent the ball home in the 87th minute.
The win makes Arsenal strong favorites to finish in the top four and qualify for next season’s Champions League, a competition they have not played in since the 2016/17 season.
They have 48 points after 25 games, one ahead of United, who had played two more games before the Manchester derby.
Roy Hodgson’s Watford remain second from the bottom of the Premier League table, three points from safety.

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