Ian Wright says Arsenal should have done this against Watford

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Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright says the Gunners did not play to their strengths until they were facing a deficit against Watford in their FA Cup tie.

 

Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has told BT Sport, broadcast on March 13 at 3.30pm, that the Gunners did not show enough urgency in their 2-1 defeat to Watford in their FA Cup tie at the Emirates Stadium.

 

After a goalless first half, Watford established a 2-0 advantage in North London, before Arsenal improved during the final 15 minutes of the contest, and missed opportunities to equalise after Danny Welbeck had halved the deficit.

 

Wright feels that Arsene Wenger's side should have placed more emphasis to dictate the tempo of the contest earlier in the match, and that they ultimately left it too late to try to overturn the goals scored by Odion Ighalo and Adlene Guedioura.

 

Wright said: "Watford have to take a lot of credit - they stuck to their gameplan. Arsenal got quicker when they were behind, they needed to play at that tempo from the start to put the pressure on Watford.

"I don't take anything away from Watford. Their gameplan was good and we knew who their danger men were, and for me, Troy Deeney was man of the match. He was brilliant today. All of them to a man were fantastic and congratulations to them."

While Watford move one match away from a place in the FA Cup final, Arsenal have suffered their first defeat in the competition since February 2013, when they lost at home to Blackburn Rovers.

Their elimination continues a disappointing few weeks for the club, with the gap between themselves and Premier League leaders Leicester City being stretched to eight points and an unlikely turnaround being required against Barcelona in the Champions League, with the holders currently holding a 2-0 lead ahead of the second leg at Camp Nou.

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