Nigeria’s Alex Iwobi suffered a disappointing loss with his club Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday. Iwobi was on for the entire duration of the match, but was unable to prevent the Gunners from going down 2-1 at the Vicarage Road, to Watford. Goals from Troy Deeney and Tom Cleverley earned Marco Silva’s men a decisive win and all three points.
Mertesacker gave Arsenal a 1-0 lead going into the break, after he rose above everyone to power home a header in the 39th minute, his first goal for Arsenal since the FA cup final in 2015. However, the Hornets were back level when Deeney converted from the spot midway through the second half, after the referee penalised Hector Bellerin for bringing down Richarlison in the box.
Iwobi came close to restoring Arsenal’s lead, after he was superbly set up by substitute, Mesut Ozil, but his effort was brilliantly saved by Heurelho Gomes in goal for the home side. But at the dot of the 90 mins, just when Arsenal thought they had done enough to earn a point, former Man United midfielder, Tom Cleverley slammed home from close range to seal a 2-1 win, sending the home fans into delirium.
The win was Watford’s first of the season, and sees them climb to fourth on the log, two ahead of Arsenal in sixth. A disappointing end for Arsenal and Iwobi, who during the international break scored the decisive goal against Zambia that sealed Nigeria’s place in next year’s world cup in Russia.