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Arsenal leapfrog Man Utd and Chelsea as TWO mad moments end away day blues at Watford

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Foster handed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang his 23rd goal of the season as he dozily allowed the Gunners forward to block his kick and score.

And then Hornets skipper Deeney effectively made sure that Arsenal clinched a victory that saw them climb above Manchester United and Chelsea and back into fourth spot in the Premier League, as he was stupidly sent off a minute later, for swinging an arm at Lucas Torriera.

FA Cup semi-final hero Deeney tore his shirt off in disgust and seemed to have words with the Arsenal dug-out as he stalked off in only the 11th minute. But the damage had been done – and Gunners had their only their sixth away league win of the season, and their first clean sheet.

Foster held up hands and admitted: “I’ve said sorry to the lads. They were brilliant.

“I should have just Cruyffed him. I tried to pass it out but before I knew it he was bloody on me.

“I have to do it quicker. You have to get rid as quick as you can, even if it goes into row Z. They can’t score from row Z. He is rapid. Lesson learned.”

On Deeney’s red card he said: “Troy is not happy with it and he says it was nothing.”

Watford manager Javi Gracia said: “I am proud of my players. In my opinion it is a yellow card – but never a red. Troy is very sad. We are a team.”

Gunners rival Unai Emery admitted: “The red card helped us, but the three points is very important. A clean sheet is also very important.”

When Arsenal lost 2-1 at Vicarage Road last season, Deeney accused them of lacking ‘cojones’. He might have taken more care about his own forearm on Tuesday night rather than worrying about parts of Arsenal’s anatomy.

Watford boss Javi Gracia and Gunners chief Unai Emery were old teammates together from their playing days at Real Sociedad. When Emery was offered the Arsenal job last summer he asked Gracia his opinion, and the pair have dined together.

Even so, Emery would not have expected this kind of helping hand.

The Gunners started nervously as goalkeeper Bernd Leno sliced his clearance into touch under pressure from Andre Gray.

But then an extraordinary double disaster for the Hornets, in the space of a minute. First, Foster, recalled after Heurelho Gomes’ FA Cup heroics last week, blundered disastrously. He picked up Daryl Janmaat’s back pass, and fatefully dallied.

Aubameyang closed him down from the back unseen, and raced in to block Foster’s kick, which flew into the net.

Less than a minute later Watford were down to ten men. Deeney went into a challenge with Torriera and appeared to swing a forearm into his face. Down went the Uruguayan, linesman Richard West flagged, and referee Craig Pawson, to Deeney’s astonishment, produced the red card. Deeney, a hero at Wembley last week, had wrecked his team’s hopes.

Aubameyang then shot wide before a shell-shocked Watford fought back as Craig Cathcart saw Leno push his shot onto the post and away.

But Arsenal had the numbers now, and when Alex Iwobi shot, Foster redeemed himself partly with a fine save. Watford were still carving out chances though, and Etienne Couple forced a brilliant save from Leno with a curling free kick.

Alexi Iwobi’s cross-shot was a whisker away as Arsenal kept probing, and he crossed and Henrikh Mkhitaryan looked certain to score, only to see Foster somehow stop his point blank volley.

To their credit, Watford never gave up, and the Gunners had their own major escape as Adam Masina let fly from 30 yards – and saw his shot cannot off the angle.

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Unai Emery demands Arsenal board break the bank to land top target despite low budget

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Zaha is keen to leave Selhurst Park to pursue his dream of playing Champions League football.

Arsenal are admirers of the 26-year-old, who was one of Palace’s star performers last season.

And it’s been claimed Emery has asked his bosses to increase the funds available to him so he can sign the Ivory Coast international.

The Sun claim Emery recently made the demand to the Arsenal board, who have given him a paltry £45million to spend this summer.

That figure would’ve been far greater had the north Londoners qualified for the Champions League, which they missed out on for the third year in a row.

Arsenal would have to shatter their record transfer fee to acquire Zaha’s services as Palace want close to £100million for their star man.

Zaha currently has four years left on his existing deal with Eagles, which sees him pocketed a cool £130,000-a-week.

Although he has ambitions of playing in Europe’s elite club competition, Zaha recently hinted he could end up staying at Palace for another season.

“I’m proud to be from here and I’m glad that I’m still here because it’s like, I’ve reached my dream,” he told Carling.

“Obviously, there’s so much I want to do in football, but I’ve managed to become a professional footballer and I’m still in the area where I made it.

“I’m still around my people, still around my friends, so I feel like you can do it too, you know what I mean?

“That’s why I’m proud to be from here.”

His reluctance to leave the south London club stems from a recent health scare for his father, Tiende.

He added: “My dad had a stroke. He lived away from me, but as soon as he had a stroke it was an eye opener that I need to keep him close. He’s not as young as he was before.

“Now, on a Friday before games, he tends to pray with me, before the games.

“If I wasn’t home, I wouldn’t be able to do that, so it makes a massive difference.”

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Fans go mad for K-League side Gangwon FC after they score THREE stoppage-time goals to beat rivals

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‘Mother of all comebacks!’: Fans go mad for K-League side Gangwon FC after they score THREE stoppage-time goals to beat rivals… and at one stage were 4-0 down with 30 minutes left!

  • Gangwon FC staged incredible fight-back to beat Pohang Steelers in K-League 
  • Wanderson Carvalho’s hat-trick and Lee Seok-Hyun put the visitors 4-0 up
  • Jae Wan-Cho began comeback with 20 minutes left then Valentinos Sielis struck
  • Wan-Cho completed his own hat-trick with two injury-time goals for the hosts
  • Gangwon’s winner came in the sixth minute of added time from Jung Jo-gook

Gangwon FC mounted a nearly impossible five-goal comeback to beat Pohang Steelers in their K-League clash – with three goals coming in injury-time.

A Wanderson Carvalho double gave the visitors a comfortable lead and victory seemed assured when Lee Seok-Hyun added a third and Carvalho completed his hat-trick on 57 minutes.

It took another 14 minutes for Gangwon to strike back, firstly through Jae Wan-Cho and then former Arsenal and Tottenham youth-team defender Valentinos Sielis with 10 minutes to play.

Jung Jo-gook, pictured playing for FC Seoul, came off the bench to head the winning goal

Jung Jo-gook, pictured playing for FC Seoul, came off the bench to head the winning goal

Jung Jo-gook, pictured playing for FC Seoul, came off the bench to head the winning goal

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The Gangwon players celebrate wildly after their 96th-minute winner secures victory

The Gangwon players celebrate wildly after their 96th-minute winner secures victory

The Gangwon players celebrate wildly after their 96th-minute winner secures victory

WHEN THE GOALS WERE SCORED 

18′ – 0-1 – Wanderson Carvalho

39′ – 0-2 – Wanderson Carvalho

54′ – 0-3 – Lee Seok-Hyun

57′ – 0-4 – Wanderson Carvalho  

71′ – 1-4 – Jae Wan-Cho

79′ – 2-4 – Valentinos Sielis

90+2 – 3-4 – Jae Wan-Cho

90+4 – 4-4 – Jae Wan-Cho

90+6 – 5-4 Jung Jo-gook

Even as the game entered injury-time, seventh-placed Pohang appeared set for a comfortable victory – until Wan-Cho headed in from close range then smacked home a volley to level.

The best was yet to come, as Gangwon had appeals for a penalty denied then, when the subsequent corner was half-cleared a flying header from substitute Jung Jo-gook sealed victory.

Fans went mad for the unlikely comeback, with one Twitter user calling it ‘one of the most iconic collapses ever in the K-League’.

Another drew comparisons with Liverpool’s unlikely Champions League semi-final comeback against Barcelona which the Reds won 4-3, stating ‘Lol Liverpool v Barcelona who?’



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Arsenal will not be competing with Tottenham in the transfer market

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The transfer window has been a funny one for Arsenal when you consider the financial restrictions that the club is allegedly under.

But there comes a time when one needs to be realistic.

The Daily Star, yeah I know, have run a headline claiming that we are set to battle it out with Tottenham for Dani Ceballos, who will cost £45 Million.

That is never going to happen for a whole host of reasons that is simply not worth getting in to apart from one, which is the focus of this article.

Arsenal cannot compete with Tottenham financially.

They can outbid us at will, we may not like that truth but there it is nonetheless.

They are not under financial restrictions at all, they made a mini fortune from their Champions League run, they have not spent a single penny in the last two transfer windows and the sort of player they are being linked with far surpass the value of the players we are apparently being linked with.

The thing that is most irritating is that us Arsenal fans accept this but for some ridiculous reason the media think we are idiots, what other reason would they believe they can splash headlines across their pages claiming that we are in a battle to sign a player that would cost us 100% or more of our transfer budget?

When I see headlines like that I basically ignore them and it is not just the usual fodder from the tabloids, have a look on google and see for yourself the so-called credible and respected sites and news outlets that make the same outlandish claims.

The bottom line is we are no longer in a position to compete with our bitter local rivals in the transfer market financially no matter what the media would like to make us believe


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