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Arsenal have struggled defensively this season and after drawing 2-2 with Watford on Sunday they have now faced more shots this season than any other team in the Premier League, Serie A, La Liga, Bundesliga and Ligue 1.

And according to sports analytics company Opta Sports, Arsenal have now faced 96 shots this season.

Despite taking an early two goal lead thanks to striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Arsenal could not hold onto their lead as Watford successful mounted a second-half comeback.

Gunners defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos gifted the Hornets a way back into the game his poor pass was intercepted by Gerard Deulofeu and the Spaniard’s touch saw the ball roll into the path of Tom Cleverley who blasted the ball home from inside the box.

Then in the closing moments of the game Arsenal defender David Luiz was wrong-footed and brought down Roberto Pereyra in the penalty box, who then duly dusted himself off and sent Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno the wrong way with his spot kick.

Watford took 31 shots during the match, to set a new a club-record for a Premier League game and boss Sanchez Flores admitted he saw the positives in the first result of his second spell in charge at Vicarage Road.

“Have I missed the Premier League? Yeah. I miss all these kind of emotions – I love it,” Flores said.

“I was really happy with the performance of the players. We have one point against a very tough team.

“It’s good for our confidence. We are positive.”

This game was the first time in 22 meetings across all competitions that Watford and Arsenal have drawn against each other, with the last time being December 1984 when the two team finished 1-1.

And after the final whistle on Sunday Arsenal boss Unai Emery admitted he wasn’t convinced their two goal half-time lead was enough to secure all three points from the game.

“Physically they are stronger than us so we want to break the lines from the goal-kick and connect to Mesut Ozil, like we did with the first goal,” he said.

“We have young players, we are working to improve and they will gain experience from matches like today.

“We can grow up and learn with these mistakes.

“We knew that 2-0 was not enough at half-time.”





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