Arsenal turned over Watford 2-0 at the Emirates yesterday thus continuing their recent run of good form. The result took the Gooners up to fifth position in the table ahead of Watford but the game was not as comfortable as the scoreline suggests.
The score remained 0-0 until the 81st minute before two quickfire goals from the home side clinched the game. Watford who have had an impressive start to the season themselves, had several good chances to take the lead but were wasteful with their finishing.
Arsenal’s summer signing Bernd Leno was handed his Premier League debut after Petr Cech had to be withdrawn due to an injury towards the end of the first half. Leno however showed why the North London club were willing to part with £22m to secure his services, as he came up with several crucial saves to keep the Hornets at bay.
There was one save in particular that came at a crucial time when the game was still finely poised at 0-0. When a Watford free-kick was played into the box and found Troy Deeney, the striker got a perfect connection on the ball and thought he had scored.
However, Leno somehow sprawled across goal and clawed the ball out of the bottom corner, thus showcasing his brilliant reflexes. Even Troy Deeney couldn’t believe that the German keeper had kept his effort out. In fact, his reaction after the save shows just how flabbergasted the 30-year-old was.
Check out Deeney’s reaction to Leno’s heroics below:
With Unai Emery confirming after the match that he expects Petr Cech to be sidelined for three weeks, Leno proved with his performance against Watford that he is more than capable of filling in for the 36-year-old. If he produces performances like this, the German might even make the spot his own by the time Cech is match fit again.
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