Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster has admitted that he was caught out by the pace of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after he gifted Arsenal a 1-0 win at Vicarage Road on Monday night, while speaking to the club’s official website.
Unai Emery’s Gunners won just their sixth Premier League away game of the season in Hertfordshire, although they were indebted to a moment of madness from one of the top flight’s most in-form shot-stoppers.
Early in the first half, Foster attempted to play the ball out from the back but his pass rebounded off a turbo-charged Aubameyang and into his own net. That was the Gabonese international’s 23rd, and most bizarre, goal of an outstanding campaign.
In fairness to Foster, he has held his hands up and admitted his mistake and if anyone deserves forgiveness on the back of their performances this season it is him.
“I’ve said sorry to the lads after the game and I want to say sorry to the fans. I should have Cruyffed him,” said the former Manchester United goalkeeper.
“Aubameyang is rapid. He is so fast and was too quick for me. With hindsight, when you have got players like him then you have got to get rid quick even if it goes into row Z.. They can’t score from row Z.
“It is a lesson learned for me. Next time I’ll put my boot through it.”
Aubemayang’s fluke effort was the only goal of the game, meaning Arsenal have leapfrogged Chelsea and Manchester United to move back into the Champions League places with just a handful of games remaining.