Arsenal Manager Plays Down Deeney Confrontation After Red Card Incident


Arsenal manager Unai Emery has played down the incident involving him and Troy Deeney after the Watford skipper was given his marching orders during the Premier League game between the two clubs.

Troy Deeney appeared to swear in the direction of the Arsenal manager while he walked down the tunnel.

In his post-match thoughts after the game, Unai Emery told reporters that he replied Troy Deeney that he didn’t see the red card incident.

The Watford captain was sent off by centre referee Craig Pawson after consultation with his assistant.

Deeney was given his marching orders following a foul on Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira.

The Watford skipper appeared to elbow the Uruguayan international according to television replays.

The Troy Deeney incident happened shortly after Watford went behind to a 10th-minute goal from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Gabonese international star Aubameyang punished Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster from his error for the only goal of the game.

The home side went on to hit the crossbar twice through Craig Cathcart and Adam Masina despite playing with ten men for 79 minutes.

Watford were not able to breach the Arsenal backline as the Gunners held on for three precious points in the race to secure Champions League football next season via the top four places in the Premier League.


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