Watford manager Javi Gracia has leapt to the defence of his captain Troy Deeney after the Hornets striker was sent off during the defeat to Arsenal on Monday night.
Deeney was sent off in the first half of the game shortly after Arsenal took the lead via an error from Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster.
He was dismissed for an elbow on Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira.
In his post-match thoughts after the game, Javi Gracia told reporters that the red card given to Troy Deeney by centre referee Craig Pawson was harsh.
Troy Deeney’s dismissal came shortly after Arsenal took the lead through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Former Borussia Dortmund and Saint Etienne star Aubameyang capitalised on an error from Watford shot-stopper Ben Foster to give the Gunners the lead in the tenth minute before the incident that led to Deeney’s dismissal one minute later.
Despite playing 80 minutes with ten men, Watford played very well against the Gunners and were denied a well-deserved equaliser by the combination of woodwork and good goalkeeping from Arsenal shot-stopper Bernd Leno.
Arsenal held on for the slim win to record only their sixth win on the road in the Premier League this term and the victory made sure that they will stay in the Premier League top four until the weekend at least.