Tom Cleverley has admitted he was surprised to see Arsenal continue with their dangerous goal kick routines, after Watford came from behind to snatch a point last night.

The midfielder scored on his 200th Premier League appearance after a calamitous attempt from the Gunners to play the ball out from the back was intercepted by Gerard Deulofeu, who squared it to Cleverley to drive in the first of two second-half Watford goals.

After the match, the former Manchester United man said he did not expect to see the visitors persisting with the tactic of playing the ball out from the back, after almost conceding from a similar situation earlier in the game.

"I feel like we were well organised from their goal kicks," said Cleverley.

"It's something we've worked on in the week and we weren't surprised they tried to play like that, it was more of a surprise they didn't adapt during the game and they were pretty stubborn with it.

"It was our kick-start to a comeback that was nearly a perfect comeback. We can be proud of the second-half performance, but we really need to be starting to turn those sort of stats into wins."

After a shaky start to the season that has seen the Hornets struggle defensively, Cleverley praised the way his side adapted to the second-half.

The midfielder said that consistency is now the key if Watford are to climb out of the relegation zone.

"The most pleasing thing was how solid we were second half defensively," he said.

"It's been a problem of ours this season, but we were really solid at the back second-half, formed a good shape and that helped us get numbers forward.

"We need to be consistent with performances like that now and if we do that I'm sure we won't belong where we are now.

"We're only five games in and we probably should have more points than we do and how well we've played at times, but we are where we are and we just need to take confidence from today."

Reflecting on his first week with new boss, Quique Sanchez Flores, Cleverley described the experience as a positive one so far.

He hopes that the result against Arsenal will be something on which they can build a successful season.

"He's not bombarded us with information," he said of Sanchez Flores.

"He's just got his ideas across, very black and white, about the basics of how he wants us to set up and play and it's been a good week - a positive week.

"It's a tough game next week, we're going to have to dig in and work very hard this week on our team shape, but it's a good platform."