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Parting Shots for Watford 1-3 Arsenal: Gunners explode to life

Match reports for Arsenal’s victory away to Watford.

Watford v Arsenal - Premier League Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images

Welcome to another edition of Parting Shots, where we collect match reports from around the internets to see what people are saying about Arsenal’s most recent performance.

Watford 1-3 Arsenal: Premier League match report - The Short Fuse
The Arsenal we all know and love showed up for the first half against Watford, and it ended up being more than enough to get all three points for the Gunners. The second half was a bit less fun, but for the most part Arsenal were able to stifle Watford’s response and secure the first win of the season.

Good, Bad and the Ugly: Arsenal Triumphs at Watford - The Short Fuse
Both Santi Cazorla and Granit Xhaka distributed very well and it unlocked multiple avenues of attack, primarily though Alexis Sanchez at center forward, to provide many good chances. while The understanding in attack seemed like Özil and Alexis were never parted, while Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott provided a lot of options going forward, if not the goals (although, Theo should count himself unlucky not completing a brilliant long ball from Xhaka). Long may this system live.

Watford 1-3 Arsenal - Match Report | Arsenal first team, ladies and academy results and fixtures | |
Arsenal held off a spirited second-half fightback from Watford to claim their first victory of the new Premier League season. In truth, the points were won during a devastating opening 45-minute spell when the Gunners took complete control.

Watford 1-3 Arsenal - What Might Have Been | Watford FC
The biggest cheer of the day came as Arsenal's first yellow was shown to Jack Wilshere, the home crowd less than impressed with referee Kevin Friend's decisions on the day.

Watford vs Arsenal match report: Gunners cruise to victory at Vicarage Road to ease pressure on Arsene Wenger | Premier League | Sport | The Independent
This, then, was just the performance and outcome required heading into the international break and their new arrivals should go a step further towards placating fans left frustrated by what, with four points now on the board from their opening three matches, remains a sluggish start.

Watford vs. Arsenal - Football Match Report - August 27, 2016 - ESPN
Having lost at home to Liverpool and drawn 0-0 at champions Leicester, Arsene Wenger saw his side dominate the first half at Vicarage Road, as an early Santi Cazorla penalty was added to by Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.
Watford, still looking for a win under Walter Mazzarri, looked better after the break as club-record signing Roberto Pereyra came off the bench to grab a consolation.