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Matchday live

11:15 PM

What a night!

That's all from us at The Emirates, as the Hornets helped themselves to a well-deserved three points against the Gunners.


Stay with us on for the Match Review page, with exclusive post-match interviews, a full match report, all the best of social media and extended match highlights to follow.

11:00 PM

Transfer round-up

The January transfer window is now shut!




Former player of the season Tom Cleverley returned for a second spell with the Golden Boys, after he joined on-loan from Everton.


Mauro Zarate signed on a two-and-a-half year contract from Italian Serie A side Fiorentina, while M'Baye Niang also made the switch from the Italian league after he joined on-loan from AC Milan.




Alex Jakubiak went on-loan to Wycombe Wanderers and came off the bench this evening, scoring on his debut in a 4-2 loss at Exeter City.


Jerome Sinclair joined former Hornets boss Gianfranco Zola at Birmingham City in the Championship.


Michael Folivi joined Coventry City on-loan on deadline day as he looks to step-up his development after making his Hornets debut this month.


Juan Carlos Paredes made a loan move to Olympiakos, with the option of a permanent move in the summer.


Adlene Guedioura made a late switch to Premier League rivals Middlesbrough, although with Watford having played Boro twice already this season, he will not feature against the Hornets.


The biggest move of the window was the departure of Odion Ighalo, who made 100 appearances for Watford. He has joined Changchun Yatai in China.

10:40 PM

Mazzarri post-match

Walter Mazzarri spoke to the broadcast media after the final whistle:


"Came as we prepared it and as we wanted first half. The second half different. Some players like Janmaat and Niang are still finding optimum condition. They pushed us a lot in second half.


"We needed this victory to bring morale and conviction to whole team and to grow as a team.


"We had to take decisions on game at Millwall. If we wanted to play like this today had to do formation at Millwall. This is the reason. I am sorry we are out of cup but we had to make these decisions. 


"[On presssing in the first half] Against a great team in their stadium we don't allow them to play with the ball. We did it very well. We cannot do it for 90 minutes but this was the tactic."

10:30 PM

Are you finished yet?

10:25 PM

The fan view

10:10 PM

Current mood


10:05 PM

Deeney on GT- “We'd like to dedicate this result to his family”

The Hornets' second goalscorer spoke to Sky after the final whistle about an important result for Watford:


"It's Graham Taylor's funeral tomorrow and we'd like to dedicate this result to his family.


"I think the first half performance is something GT would be very proud of. I think the result is the best thing we can give to him and his family."

10:00 PM

What a result!

First-half goals from Kaboul and Deeney capped an excellent performance for the Hornets.


The first 45 minutes showed what the Golden Boys are capable of going forward and in the second-half Watford displayed a steely determination not to be beaten, even when Arsenal got a goal back through Iwobi.


The 3,000 that travelled to The Emirates were well rewarded for their efforts Thank you for your support as always - you 'orns!

9:52 PM

On Cloud Nine

9:36 PM

FULL-TIME: Arsenal 1-2 Watford

We've done it! Watford defeat Arsenal at the Emirates! Thoroughly deserved. Get in! 

9:34 PM - 90 MIN

Yellow card
Cleverley (foul)

9:32 PM - 90 MIN

Additional time

FIVE minutes added on here.

9:30 PM - 87 MIN

Yellow card

9:28 PM - 85 MIN

Yellow card
Janmaat (time-wasting)

9:28 PM - 85 MIN

Five minutes to go...

Lucas Perez rifles one off the bottom of the crossbar. My oh my, that was close. Five minutes of normal time remain. 

9:26 PM - 84 MIN


Watford FC




9:13 PM


Walter Mazzarri issues instructions from his technical area.

9:11 PM - 69 MIN

Success for Niang

Watford with their second substitution. Niang off, Success on for his comeback. 

9:08 PM - 67 MIN

Substitution Arsenal




9:07 PM - 66 MIN

Yellow card
Prödl (foul)

9:05 PM - 63 MIN


Watford FC




9:00 PM - 58 MIN

Arsenal pull one back

Iwobi directs it back past Gomes at the far post. It had been coming. 

8:59 PM - 58 MIN



Arsenal Arsenal
1 - 2
Watford FC Watford FC
8:54 PM - 54 MIN

Gomes again

The Golden Boys are having to withstand heavy pressure here.

Heurelho Gomes makes a superb one-handed save from close range before smothering another attempt moments later.

8:52 PM - 53 MIN

Arsenal on top

Arsenal have found their mojo in the second half. Quick passing, spreading the Hornets and finding gaps. Final ball lacking a tad at the moment, but they're much improved. 

8:52 PM - 50 MIN

Gomes saves!

Arsenal work the ball all the way across to Walcott but Gomes is out quickly to save with his legs.

8:47 PM - 46 MIN

We're back underway!

The Hornets will be hoping for a repeat of the first 45 minutes as we enter the second period here.

8:46 PM - 46 MIN

Substitution Arsenal




8:40 PM


I want whatever he had before kick-off...

8:31 PM

HALF-TIME: Arsenal 0-2 Watford

Yep, you read that right. Watford are two goals to the good at Arsenal. 

Goals inside fifteen minutes from Kaboul and Deeney give Watford what can fairly be described as a shock lead, but they absolutely deserve it. Arsenal have been kept at bay and Mazzarri's men have created chances. A long way to go, though. 

8:31 PM


M'Baye Niang glides past the Arsenal defence on his Hornets debut.

8:30 PM - 45 MIN

Additional time

Two minutes of added time at the end of the first-half.

8:26 PM


 He wasn't missing from there...

8:22 PM - 37 MIN


The ball falls to Janmaat in the penalty area and he smashes it toward goal, Cech sweeps it away. A bit more swing and that's 0-3. 

8:19 PM - 35 MIN


First Prödl has a header tipped over the bar by Cech before Britos has a lashing drive with his left foot cleared for a corner.

The Hornets are threatening every time they get forward!

8:11 PM


A delighted Younes Kaboul after putting Watford one up! That's his third career goal against Arsenal. 


8:10 PM - 25 MIN

Yellow card
Monreal (simulation)

8:06 PM - 21 MIN

Yellow card

8:05 PM - 20 MIN

Substitution Arsenal




8:01 PM


Absolute scenes here as a powerful run from Capoue right through the middle of the Arsenal team sees the ball land at Deeney's feet allowing him to put the Hornets two-nil up.


Capoue tried a low shot but the ball deflected off Cech's foot right into the path of the onrushing Deeney - it was too easy for the skipper as he smashed the ball into the net with Cech nowhere to be seen and recovering Arsenal defenders unable to clear off the line.

7:58 PM - 13 MIN



Arsenal Arsenal
0 - 2
Watford FC Watford FC
7:55 PM - 10 MIN



Arsenal Arsenal
0 - 1
Watford FC Watford FC
7:55 PM

We're ahead!

Kaboul gets the Golden Boys off to a flyer with a deflected free-kick from about 30 yards, the ball taking a nick off Ramsey on it's way into the back of the net. Come on you 'Orns!

7:50 PM - 5 MIN

Impressive start

Watford winning possession in the early stages, probing the Arsenal back-line. Confident start from the Hornets. 

7:45 PM

We're underway!

Anyone got a sneaky feeling? Come on you 'Orns! 

7:43 PM


Swiss international Valon Behrami takes instructions before kick-off.

7:40 PM

Team reminder


7:35 PM

Thank you Odion


7:25 PM


Troy Deeney inspects the pitch at the Emirates prior to kick-off.

7:20 PM

Farewell Odion

It's been in the offing - Odion Ighalo has completed his move to China with Changchun Yatai after a century of appearances and 40 goals in yellow. Thank you, Odion. 

7:10 PM

Mazzarri pre-match

Watford Head Coach Walter Mazzarri spoke to Sky Sports before kick-off:


"We have been concentrating only on the game today against a very difficult team. We will talk about the transfer market afterwards.


"[Niang] is a very young player with great qualities and pace. We are pleased he is here and and he will help us between now and the end of the season."

7:05 PM

Line-up reaction


7:00 PM

Britos positive...

“We know it's going to be a very difficult game,” he said speaking in the tunnel here at the Emirates before kick-off.  

“They are obviously a good team. But, we know how to play against them. We have trained well, and we come here to get points.”

6:55 PM

Instagram Snapshot

3,000 Hornets fans are making the short journey into the capital tonight after we sold out our allocation, come on you 'Orns!



#awaydays#watfordfc#40goingon20⚽?#transferdeadlineday#1881#wfc#gunners#emiratesstadium @jamie_blackstone ?

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6:45 PM


M'Baye Niang makes his Watford debut at Arsenal this evening, as Walter Mazzarri rings the changes from Sunday's Millwall defeat. 

Heurelho Gomes is back between the sticks from the start, behind a powerful back four of Craig Cathcart, Younes Kaboul, Sebastian Prödl and Miguel Britos.

Valon Behrami takes up the defensive midfield role, with Tom Cleverley and Etienne Capoue in more advances roles flanked by Daryl Janmaat and Niang. Captain Troy Deeney starts up front.

The Gunners make one change to their last Premier League starting XI, with Francis Coquelin replacing the suspended Granit Xhaka. Former Watford loanee Héctor Bellerín is named on the bench.

Gunners' boss Arsene Wenger is serving the second game of a four match touchline ban this evening. 

HORNETS: Gomes (GK); Cathcart, Kaboul, Prödl, Britos; Behrami; Janmaat, Cleverley, Capoue, Niang; Deeney (c). 
Subs: Arlauskis (GK), Mariappa, Success, Doucouré, Watson, Okaka, Mason. 

GUNNERS: Cech (GK); Gabriel, Mustafi, Koscielny (c), Monreal; Coquelin, Ramsey; Iwobi, Özil, Sanchez; Giroud.
Subs: Ospina (GK), Gibbs, Perez, Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Bellerín, Maitland-Niles.

6:40 PM


New signing M'Baye Niang was getting put through his paces in training yesterday.

6:35 PM

Wenger on Niang

M'Baye Niang once had a trial at Arsenal, according to Arsene Wenger. The Gunners' loss is our gain!

"I know Niang well because he played for Caen and we had him here [on trial]," Wenger said. “He’s a very talented striker individually, and he can create chances.

"He’s very strong as well physically, and very quick. I think he will be a major asset for them.

"He's on loan from AC Milan and we have to keep him quiet because he’s a guy who can do something special."



6:25 PM

ICYMI: Mazzarri on Millwall, Arsenal & M'Baye Niang

6:20 PM

Facts and figures...

6:10 PM

Played for Both

The Hornets are set to come up against former Watford loan defender Hector Bellerin at the Emirates this evening. Apparently Beppe Sannino wasn't keen on the full-back when he was at Vicarage Road. We all make mistakes, eh? 

6:00 PM

Welcome to The Emirates

Watford are back in Premier League action this evening, tasked with a tough assignment at Arsenal. 

Stay tuned for live updates, team news, photos and reaction from north London. Commentary will begin at 7.30pm - just give your browser a refresh then.