Arsenal Blows Up the Hornets

Published on 28-Aug-2016 by srijan213

Soccer    Soccer Daily Update

Share this article

Arsenal Blows Up the Hornets

Back in the glory days of Graham Taylor, John Barnes, et al, at Vicarage Road, Watford fans saw lots of Route 1 football.

Yesterday, they saw lots of roadkill.

More accurately, swatted Hornets.

Arsenal was firing on all cylinders as they blasted the home side, 1-3.

Well, trois points are still trois points, no matter where you find them.

Watford's best hope was for a miracle, anyway, but the Gunners brought a miracle-proof crew up the road to Hertfordshire.

On top of that, not many miracles happen when the favorite gets a shot from the spot only nine minutes after the curtain went up:

Santi Cazorla took full advantage:.

Alexis Sánchez is back in his groove, and he had no trouble doubling the lead in the 40th minute:

These days, even the machines are conspiring against underdogs.

A few years back, that probably wouldn't have been a goal.

Because referees are blind.

Mesut Özil usually assists on goal, but he capped a totally dominant first half by personally putting the boot in:

The Gunners spent the second half switching to glide.

But like every good sport, Arsenal also gave away a consolation goal so the locals had at least one reason to feel all warm and fuzzy:

Arsenal's typical defensive style finally made an appearance.

Roberto Pereyra can stick this strike on his résumé.

Click on a photo to enlarge.