Watford came from behind to secure a stunning 2-1 victory over Arsenal thanks to Tom Cleverley’s injury time strike.

The visitors went ahead thanks to Per Mertesacker’s header before Richarlison won a penalty, which was calmly dispatched by Tory Deeney to set up a frantic final 20 minutes.

Cleverley smashed the winner high into Petr Cech’s net in the second minute of added time as Watford secured a victory which takes them up to fourth in the Premier League.

Here’s how the Hornets rated on a memorable day at Vicarage Road.

Heurelho Gomes – 7.5

Watford Observer:

Could do nothing about the goal and was on hand to make some key saves with the score at 1-0, most notably when denying Mesut Ozil.

The German shouldn’t have given Watford’s number one any chance after going clean through on goal, but Gomes still did well to read Ozil’s effort and save.

From the save Watford would charge up the other end and win the all-important penalty to draw level.

Adrian Mariappa – 7

Has been a revelation in defence in recent weeks and continued to impress as part of a back three. Made some important blocks with the score at 0-0, but was beaten easily when to give Danny Welbeck a chance.

Christian Kabasele – 7

Fresh from a call-up to the Belgium national team, Kabasele continued his strong start to the season with a resolute display.

Bailed out Britos with a well-timed tackle to deny Alex Iwobi in the second half and put in a number of important headers throughout.

Miguel Britos – 6

Watford Observer:

Making his first appearance since the shocking challenge which saw him sent off against Brighton in August and looked rusty.

Gave the ball away on a number of occasions and was lucky not to get punished for a slack touch in the second half, as Alexandre Lacazette misplaced a routine pass on the breakaway.

Kiko Femenia – 6.5

Deployed further up the pitch as a wing-back and looked all the better for having less defensive duties to concern himself.

Linked up well early on with Roberto Pereyra but his influence waned as the match went on and Watford began to focus their attacks down the left. Gave the ball away in dangerous areas on a couple of occasions.

Abdoulaye Doucoure – 6.5

A quieter day for the midfielder and he didn’t exert his influence in the manner he has so far this season.

Tom Cleverley – 7

Watford Observer:

While the former Manchester United man allowed Per Mertesacker to get the better of him for the Gunners goal, he more than made up for it with the late winner.

Took his first Watford goal since returning to the club well, showing great composure to dispatch the chance with a rising finish.

Jose Holebas – 7.5

Defensively sound and a constant outlet on the left-wing, especially in the second half as he got forward at every opportunity.

It was the 33-year-old’s powerful drive from range which forced the winner and he looks to be creating a good understanding with Richarlison on the Watford left.

Roberto Pereyra – 6

A quiet evening for the Argentine and he faded after an impressive start. Flashed a header wide in the first half and appears to still be regaining his match sharpness.

Andre Gray – 6

Restored to the starting line-up in place of Troy Deeney but it was telling that Watford played their best football after their captain was restored.

Hold up play was better than we have seen so far this term but was given little chance to run in behind. His pace did worry Arsenal when the ball was played in behind.

Richarlison – 8

Watford Observer:

All the signs indicate the Brazilian in the real deal and he was superb in the second half. Bravery is an often undervalued quality in footballers and the 20-year-old has it in abundance.

He ran at the Arsenal defence at any opportunity and had the beaten of Hector Bellerin. Won the penalty which turned the tide of the game.

Brings and audible ripple of expectancy in the Watford crowd every time he gets the ball and the Hornets appear to have a real player on their hands.


Troy Deeney – 8

Watford Observer:

Came from the bench and turned the game in Watford’s favour. Nerveless from 12 yards as he sent Petr Cech the wrong way to level.

His role in the winner should not be underestimated as the Watford skipper threw himself in front of Holebas’ shot to force Cech to parry.

Is making a strong case to be handed more starts by Marco Silva, who has a decision to make up top ahead of Chelsea next week.

Andre Carrillo – 6

A draining international break with Peru meant a place on the bench and looked off the pace. Had one shot fly just over.

Etienne Capoue – 6.5

Only given nine minutes, but made a big impact. Saw a deflected shot hit the post and it was his blocked effort which yielded the winner.