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Bukayo Saka is one of only two players under 21 to score eight goals in one of Europe’s top five leagues this season

Arsenal climbed into the Champions League places with an entertaining victory over lowly Watford in a game with five quality goals.

The Hornets, who remain in the relegation zone, thought they had taken the lead within the first 20 seconds as Emmanuel Dennis slotted home but he was offside.

Martin Odegaard put Arsenal ahead not long afterwards after flicking the ball into the path of Bukayo Saka and then running into the center to slot in Saka’s cross.

Watford leveled with the best individual goal of the game, Cucho Hernandez’s acrobatic flying volley from Kiko Femenia’s cross.

The visitors restored their lead when Saka won the ball off Tom Cleverley and found Alexandre Lacazette, who rolled the ball back into Saka’s path to fire into the top corner.

England star Saka was involved again in the third goal as his quick throw-in set up a move with Lacazette laying the ball off to Gabriel Martinelli to finish.

They looked as if they were cruising, and Eddie Nketiah hit the post, before Moussa Sissoko controlled the ball on his chest and beat Ben White before slotting in.

That set up a tense finale with Watford debutant Samuel Kalu forcing Aaron Ramsdale into a save with a long-range shot.

Arsenal move above Manchester United into fourth spot for a couple of hours at least, with United facing Manchester City in the derby.

Watford, who blow hot and cold too often, remain three points off safety.

Arteta plays his part in Gunners’ win

The Gunners continued their surge up the table with an entertaining albeit ultimately tense win, keeping them unbeaten in the league since New Year’s Day.

They played some really top-quality, slick football, even though they only had four efforts on target and were hanging on in the end after Sissoko struck.

It could have been so different though had Dennis timed his run better before slotting in Joao Pedro’s pass just seconds into the game.

But Saka was excellent again and involved in all three goals. He has scored or assisted 13 Premier League goals this season, with only Bayer Leverkusen’s Florian Wirtz (17) involved in more in Europe’s top five leagues among players under the age of 21.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta had a big hand in the third goal, too, grabbing the ball after it went out of play and quickly passing it to Saka, who took the throw-in that led to the goal.

Watford played their part in an engaging contest – Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsdale was the much busier goalkeeper – but have won just once under Roy Hodgson.

They become the fourth team to lose eight successive Premier League home matches, after Sunderland, Wolves and Norwich.

Player of the match

SakaBukayo Saka

with an average of 8.61

    WatfordWatfordWatfordArsenalArsenalArsenal

WatfordAvgSquad number1Player nameFosterAverage rating

5.87

Squad number19Player nameSissokoAverage rating

5.56

Squad number29Player nameCucho HernándezAverage rating

5.56

Squad number25Player nameDennisAverage rating

5.34

Squad number 21 Player name Kiko Femenía Average rating

5.25

Squad number14Player nameKamaraAverage rating

5.20

Squad number 10 Player name João Pedro Average rating

5.11

Squad number28Player nameKaluAverage rating

5.09

Squad number22Player nameSamirAverage rating

4.91

Squad number 15Player nameCathcartAverage rating

4.88

Squad number6Player nameLouzaAverage rating

4.83

Squad number39Player nameKayembeAverage rating

4.80

Squad number 8Player nameCleverleyAverage rating

4.69

ArsenalAvgSquad number7Player nameSakaAverage rating

8.61

Squad number 8Player nameØdegaardAverage rating

8.60

Squad number35Player nameGabriel MartinelliAverage rating

7.87

Squad number9Player nameLacazetteAverage rating

7.72

Squad number3Player nameTierneyAverage rating

7.53

Squad number5Player nameParteyAverage rating

7.31

Squad number4Player nameWhiteAverage rating

7.00

Squad number6Player nameGabriel MagalhãesAverage rating

7.00

Squad number 32 Player name Ramsdale Average rating

6.95

Squad number 34Player nameXhakaAverage rating

6.73

Squad number 17 Player name Cédric Soares Average rating

6.71

Squad number19Player namePépéAverage rating

6.38

Squad number30Player nameNketiahAverage rating

6.38

Squad number16Player nameHoldingAverage rating

6.37

    Line-upsMatch StatsLive Text

Line-ups Watford

Formation 4-3-3

1Foster21Femenía15Cathcart22Samir14Kamara19Sissoko6Louza8Cleverley29Hernández25Dennis10João Pedro

    1Foster21Femenía15Cathcart22Samir14Kamara19Sissoko6LouzaSubstituted forKayembeat 64’minutes8CleverleySubstituted forKaluat 89’minutes29HernándezBooked at 90mins25Dennis10João Pedro

Substitutes

    4Etebo11Masina12Sema26Bachmann27Kabasele28Kalu31Sierralta33Kucka39Kayembe

Arsenal

Formation 4-2-3-1

32Ramsdale17Cédric Soares4White6Gabriel3Tierney5Partey34Xhaka7Saka8Ødegaard35Martinelli9Lacazette

    32 Ramsdale 17 Cédric SoaresBooked at 58mins4White6Gabriel3Tierney5Partey34Xhaka7Saka8ØdegaardSubstituted forHoldingat 90’minutes35MartinelliSubstituted forPépéat 73’minutes9LacazetteSubstituted forNketiahat 80’minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

    1Leno16Holding19Pépé20Tavares23Sambi Lokonga25Elneny30Nketiah69Swanson82Hutchinson

Referee: Craig PawsonAttendance: 21,142Match StatsHome TeamWatfordAway TeamArsenalPossessionHome43% Away57% ShotsHome13Away16Shots on TargetHome7Away4CornersHome1Away5FoulsHome5Away11Live TextPost update

Match ends, Watford 2, Arsenal 3.

90 ‘+ 7’ Full Time

Second Half ends, Watford 2, Arsenal 3.

90 ‘+ 6’ Post update

Gabriel Magalhães (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90 ‘+ 6’ Post update

Foul by Moussa Sissoko (Watford).

90 ‘+ 6’Booking

Cucho Hernández (Watford) is shown the yellow card.

90 ‘+ 4’ Post update

Attempt saved. Samuel Kalu (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top center of the goal. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko.

90 ‘+ 3’Booking

Eddie Nketiah (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90 ‘+ 3’ Post update

Foul by Eddie Nketiah (Arsenal).

90 ‘+ 3’ Post update

Moussa Sissoko (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90 ‘Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Rob Holding replaces Martin Ødegaard.

90 ‘Post update

Foul by Eddie Nketiah (Arsenal).

90 ‘Post update

Samir (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89 ‘Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Samuel Kalu replaces Tom Cleverley.

88 ‘Post update

Foul by Eddie Nketiah (Arsenal).

88 ‘Post update

Edo Kayembe (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88 ‘Post update

Foul by Bukayo Saka (Arsenal).

88 ‘Post update

Hassane Kamara (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87’goalGoal!

Goal! Watford 2, Arsenal 3. Moussa Sissoko (Watford) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Cucho Hernández.

85 ‘Post update

Attempt blocked. Emmanuel Dennis (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko with a headed pass.

85 ‘Post update

Foul by Thomas Partey (Arsenal).

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