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Bukayo Saka put on a spectacular performance to help Arsenal produce one of the high-scoring football scores of the weekend in the Premier League. Martin Odegaard opened the scoring in the fifth minute before Cucho Hernandez equalized in the 11th minute. Bukayo Saka scored in the 30th minute before Gabriel Martinelli doubled their advantage in the 52nd minute. Moussa Sissokho pulled one back in the 87th minute but was not enough to change the result.

Player ratings

Watford: Foster (6), Femenia (7), Cathcart (6), Samir (6), Kamara (7), Cleverley (6), Louza (7), Sissoko (7), Cucho Hernandez (8), Dennis (6), Joao Pedro (7).
Subs: Kayembe (6), Kalu (6).

Arsenal: Ramsdale (6), Cedric Soares (6), White (6), Gabriel (6), Tierney (6), Partey (7), Xhaka (6), Saka (9), Odegaard (8), Martinelli (8), Lacazette (7).
Subs: Pepe (6), Nketiah (6), Holding (6)

Man of the match: Bukayo Saka

Managers Reaction 

Watford boss Roy Hodgson said: “On the whole, I thought we did about as well as I could have hoped against a very good team in top form. We worked very hard, and I’ve got no criticism of my players after that. We had what would have been a wonderful start with that early goal that was chalked off. I thought we did well to get back into it after they went ahead, and while the players’ efforts to get an equalizer at 2-1 led to their third, we kept going and made it an exciting finish.”

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta: “I saw an advantage and I took it; we have to be alive and that is the way I live the game. I try to instill that in the team as well. It is very pleasing. We know how difficult it is to be in this position in this league. We’ve earned it; we have come a long way as a team.”

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