Watford 0-1 Arsenal: ‘Troy Deeney DESERVED red card and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang winner is Goal of the Season’, claims Dean Saunders


Watford 0-1 Arsenal: ‘Troy Deeney DESERVED red card and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang winner is Goal of the Season’, claims Dean Saunders

Dean Saunders believes Troy Deeney deserved to be sent off during Watford’s narrow, and some would say unjust, defeat to Arsenal on Monday night.

The talkSPORT pundit also believes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s winner should be Goal of the Season, and is better than Liverpool star Mohamed Salah’s wonderstrike against Chelsea.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates his goal against Watford

Arsenal scraped a 1-0 win over the ten-man Hornets thanks to Aubameyang’s fortuitous goal – the ball ending up in the net after he blocked a clearance from Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster.

Watford endured a nightmare start, going a goal and a man down with just 11 minutes on the clock as their captain, Deeney, was shown a straight red card for an apparent elbow on Lucas Torreira.

The hosts recovered and were the better team for the remaining of the clash but the Gunners managed to hold on by the skin of their teeth, with goalkeeper Berd Leno making a series of crucial saves.

Deeney was sent off after just 11 minutes

Deeney’s sending off sparked a huge debate on social media. Referee Craig Pawson didn’t actually see the incident, he was notified of the contact between the Watford skipper and Torreira by his linesman.

Replays showed very little indication of intent, but Pawson had obviously heard enough to make up his mind.

The striker clearly disagreed with the decision, exchanging angry words with Unai Emery as he left the pitch, and many, including Watford boss Javi Gracia, were left scratching their heads at the call.