Emery says Arsenal are improving following 'competitive' Watford win

Ramsey poised to leave Arsenal after club withdraw contract offer

Although this kind of football has been on display on rare occasions under Unai Emery, Arsenal are very much digging deep and showing a side you would never normally associate with the club.

Watford, who had beaten Arsenal twice in their previous three Premier League meetings, created numerous chances throughout the match but were unable to find the back of the net.

Lucas Torreira, booked in the first half for a late challenge on Deeney, played in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang whose cross was headed wide by Lacazette. Each match is very hard.

The hosts were forced into a substitution on the stroke of halftime after veteran shot-stopper Petr Cech went down with a hamstring and was replaced by Bernd Leno. Every team he has, they are very organised and here I think he is improving also.

Following four league victories from four, Watford have secured only a single point from a possible nine despite continuing to impress.

"He was patient to wait for his moment, and it's arriving", said Emery, whose team leapfrogged Watford into fifth place in the Premier League standings.

Gracia said: "We had a lot of chances, clear chances, but we didn't score and just like in one of our last games it was the same situation".

"But my focus is the matches and preparing for the matches and to speak with the players, if they are thinking and are very concentrated on giving us the best performance and to help the collective performance".

"I like him simply because when he gets in there he will finish and he's somebody that, given a run of games, he will do something because he's not afraid". I think our players on the pitch in the first half were a little nervous.

The Ramsey situation is yet another example of Arsenal's ineptitude in dealing with expiring contracts within their squad, and they have repeatedly left themselves accepting below market fees for their players as a result.

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