Arsene Wenger blames referee after Arsenal suffer shock defeat at Watford

Cleverley's injury-time goal gives Watford win over Arsenal


"I have to watch what I say, but there's a reason for the loss and it wasn't because of one penalty."


Watford captain Troy Deeney says that Arsenal lack the fight to win close games.

Watford striker Troy Deeney called Arsenal's mentality and spirit into question after scoring in a 2-1 victory over Arsene Wenger's side in the Premier League on Saturday.

Deeney also took aim at Hector Bellerin, who had vehemently denied that he fouled Watford's Richarlison in the box for the penalty.

Watford rallied after Deeney's equaliser, with Tom Cleverley scoring an injury-time victor to send the Hornets into the top four.

Surprise side Watford have 15 points from eight matches and are enjoying their best start to a top-flight campaign since the late Graham Taylor led them to 16 points from eight games in 1982-83.

Danny Murphy categorically argued with Wenger's claim the decision was scandalous.

He said: "Credit to the manager".

"We can talk and talk and talk. No penalty, no goal".

Everton replacing Romelu Lukaku with Watford's Troy Deeney wouldn't look the most inspired signing, but Arsenal now know just how risky Deeney can be.

It was Watford who were then pushing for the victor as Etienne Capoue's strike deflected off Mertesacker and onto the post.

Wenger tried to blame the referee for the defeat, but Deeney believes that obfuscates the issue entirely. "I'm not going to be the one to tell Mr Wenger about himself, but there's a reason why they lost and it wasn't because of one penalty".

"Whenever I play against Arsenal, I'll go up and think, "Let me whack the first one and see who wants it".

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